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TheLadders: Job Search Confidentiality is a Major Concern

Survey by TheLadders digs into how Americas perceive the privacy of online job search tools and even where office romances fall on the embarrassment scale

November 10, 2011
Press Release

In today’s age of open Internet sharing, it may seem a contradiction that the majority (88 percent) of Americans surveyed said privacy is important during a job search. TheLadders.com, the leading resource for career-driven professionals, commissioned a survey conducted by Wakefield Research to find out what really matters when searching for your next career move.

While privacy is a major concern, many job seekers are not taking necessary precautions to keep their hunt under the radar. In fact, 37 percent of Americans do not bother to check privacy settings of a website before posting their resume. And a resounding 76 percent mistakenly believe it’s impossible to keep a job search private. While looking for new employment can be overwhelming, keeping your search private is not impossible.

“Americans want their privacy, and we strongly believe that a job search should not require an individual to give it up,” says Marc Cenedella, Founder and CEO of TheLadders. “TheLadders was created with the job seeker in mind, and we pride ourselves on being able to provide privacy to all our members that does not impede on their success to find the job they want.”

To prove the privacy point even further:

More than half (55 percent) surveyed say when searching online, keeping their resume private from their peers is more important than maximizing its exposure.

Thirty four percent would remove their resume from a website if a coworker saw it.

An astounding 30 percent go as far to say it would be worse for coworkers to find out about their job search than an office romance.

“A job search can be one of the most stressful times in an individual’s life,” continued Cenedella. “Those of us in the job industry have a special duty and responsibility to treat privacy with care, because privacy issues are critically important, particularly during economically challenging conditions.”

Millennials Still Play it Safe: While known for spending excessive time online, still nearly half (49 percent) of those surveyed under 35 would not accept an invitation from a recruiter on a professional networking site if their colleagues could see their connections.

Resume Battle of the Sexes: When it comes to being cautious, men have more risky business tendencies than females with 71 percent and 61 percent (respectively) who say they would not remove their resume posted to a website if a coworker saw it.

Regardless of age, sex, or industry, job seekers demand privacy. For more information on how to covertly execute your next job search, please visit TheLadders.com.


Wakefield Research ( www.WakefieldResearch.com ) conducted a survey for TheLadders among 1,000 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, using an email invitation and an online survey between October 7th and October 13th, 2011. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population of adults ages 18 and older.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

About TheLadders.com

TheLadders has been committed to finding the right person for the right job since 2003. With a unique suite of personalized products and resume services, this career-focused online service helps job seekers connect with employers and recruiters more effectively and efficiently. Given its heritage as the leader in the $100K+ job search, TheLadders is dedicated to the science behind the job search and optimally positioned to help all career-driven professionals in finding the right jobs. Opening services beyond $100K+ positions allows recruiters and employers more options when looking to hire professionals at other stages of their careers. TheLadders.com is headquartered in New York with offices in London. For more information please read TheLadders Blog and visit http://www.theladders.com/ .

TheLadders: Job Search Confidentiality is a Major Concern

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