The Ladders

The Ladders is not your usual job site. Ladders only lists high-paying jobs and executive positions instead of capturing millions of job listings from all industries and at all experience levels. Indeed, you’ll only find jobs on this site if they pay a salary in excess of $100,000.

That does understandably restrict the number of jobs that are available on Ladders, but it does mean that every job on the site will be relevant if you’re at the point in your career where you’re searching for a higher salary or a position on the board.

Top Companies

Boeing, Amazon, Apple, Coca Cola, Visa, IBM and many other top companies regularly advertise open positions on The Ladders (Image credit: The Ladders )

Features

The big-ticket jobs on Ladders are often found at big companies – the site boasts that Amazon, Apple and PepsiCo regularly advertise jobs on this particular board, and dozens of other notable companies are frequent users.

It’s easy to start. When you sign up you tell Ladders your current industry and salary alongside the job title and salary you’d like to attain, and then you’re ready to go – the site will immediately start to match you with relevant listings.

Job Search Results

The Ladders has a clean and well thought out interface with plenty of filtering options to help you narrow down its job search results (Image credit: The Ladders )

Ladders has free and paid accounts, and the free account delivers solid functionality. Like many sites, if you search for a job you’ll get results on the left and in-depth information on the right. It’s laid out well, with straightforward information presented clearly, and you can quickly see job titles, locations and descriptions alongside the salary and how much experience each position needs.

Detailed Job Listing

The Ladders also shows you other available positions at the same company (Image credit: The Ladders)

Head into each job advert and you’ll get more information, from the job description and other jobs available at each company to the number of jobs at each company, the breakdown of employee education and other similar positions.

Resume Review

You can even have The Ladders review your resume for free (Image credit: The Ladders )

Applying on Ladders is as simple as uploading your CV and clicking a button, and elsewhere on the site you can use a free resume review tool, access free resume templates and read articles about professional concerns. Ladders also acts as a small social network – you can access the profiles of experts in all kinds of fields, send messages, and see their job history.

It’s very similar to LinkedIn Jobs in this regard, although Ladders’ concentration on $100,000 salaries does mean that its networks and database of job listings are necessarily smaller.

Pricing

Ladders might have a free option that allows you to see and apply for jobs, but you’ll get far more out of this site if you pay for its premium tier.

We’ll say this immediately: Ladders is one of the more expensive paid job sites on the market. If you want to buy a one-month subscription it’ll cost you $29.99, and if you sign up for a year you’ll have to pay $155.88 – effectively $12.99 per month. Most people opt for the three-month package, which costs $74.97.

Apply4Me

The Ladders' Apply4Me features allows you to let the company apply for jobs on your behalf (Image credit: The Ladders)

You do get loads of extra benefits, though. You get access to the Apply4Me module, which allows you to fill in a quiz, upload a CV, and allow Ladders to apply to jobs on your behalf. It’s an incredible time-saving feature, and you get daily email updates about your applications. The Ladders team also reviews each application before it’s sent, so you’ll avoid any silly mistakes.

Ladders’ paid tier includes more job listings, with some positions only open to premium members, and you can see more information when applying. You can also see the salaries, qualifications and years of experience of people who have applied to the same roles as you.

A paid subscription means you can submit in-depth interview answers that recruiters can access, and your profile will also be promoted to recruiters.

Final verdict

There’s no doubt that the Ladders is a niche product thanks to its $100,000 salary requirement, but its exclusivity is one of its greatest strengths.

If you’re at the point in your career where you’re searching for six-figure salaries then a job site that only lists those positions is a boon – it makes it easier to see suitable openings because you won’t have to sift through loads of irrelevant adverts. There are no spam or scam listings here, either, and the site is slick, well-designed, and easy-to-use. It’s certainly more straightforward and intuitive than many other job sites.

While Ladders is technically free, we’d recommend paying for its premium options. The Apply4Me feature is a huge timesaver, and you’ll see more job listings and get in front of more recruiters. Ultimately, it’s an investment that’s likely to pay off, and that’s important when you’re trying to make the most out of your working life.

Ladders’ $100,000 entry point and expensive paid options mean it’s not suitable for everyone, and this site does have a clear bias towards finance, software, engineering and marketing jobs – often fields where you’ll find the biggest salaries. But if you’re chasing that money, Ladders is a must-use option.

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