Ladder: AI-Powered Career Coach

Ladder is an artificial intelligence powered career search tool designed to help job seekers, providing them with attainable, actionable, and affordable steps to advance their careers and land their next dream job.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 50% of Americans wanted to make a career change, but only 1 in 4 quit their jobs following the pandemic. Despite many of these people not having a plan for the next steps, they left their jobs, citing feeling overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. Even employees who remained loyal to their employers didn't see the raises they hoped for, with raises averaging 3.4% in 2022, just over half the inflation rate. Despite only 1 in 3 workers feeling fulfilled and satisfied at their current job, they hold onto these jobs anyway to provide themselves and their families the financial security they need to survive. 


Many who want to advance or change their careers are ready to take the next steps but need to know where to start. They would love to change careers by returning to college and earning a new degree. However, 80% believe earning a college degree is too expensive. 56% said they would sign up for training or education to pursue a lucrative career if it were affordable, accessible, and easy to do on their own time. Ladder aims to support first time job seekers and career changers by providing them with a guided job search experience.

Pain Points

  • One of the most significant challenges job seekers face when making a career change is a need for more experience in their new field. Employers prefer candidates with relevant experience and skills, making it challenging for job seekers to compete with other candidates who have been in the field for years.
  • Career changes can also be financially challenging, especially if the job seeker must return to school or take a pay cut to enter the new field. This financial strain can be a significant hurdle for job seekers struggling to make ends meet - this was especially true during the pandemic when financial and job security was in question.
  • Job seekers sometimes struggle with a lack of direction when changing careers. Without a clear understanding of what they want to do or how to get there, job seekers may feel lost and unsure of how to proceed.
  • Many job seekers fear the unknown and are hesitant to take a risk on a new career. This fear can be paralyzing, causing job seekers to remain in jobs they are unhappy with rather than pursuing a new career.

Past Experience

Ladder works for professionals at any career stage, from recent grads seeking their first job to career changers looking for a new challenge. The app allows users to upload their experience from job sites like LinkedIn or Indeed or scan their resume with their smartphone camera. Users also have the option to input and update their information manually. You'll receive AI-powered job recommendations when you share your experience and educational background.

Career Search Tools

Users can narrow their career search quickly by inputting their interests, where they want to work, and their industry. The data users input will help the app to give users job recommendations based on the user's past education and work experience. The application will help users identify companies that pay fair wages, provide the necessary benefits, and share their values.

Job Search Results

Once you've identified your dream job, the app will help you identify transferrable skills from your current role and show you affordable and accessible ways to up-skill and re-skill for your new position. The app's desktop version has a tree view designed to help you explore pathways toward a happy and successful career. When you discover opportunities you're excited about, you can see accurate data about how you stack up to the competition and learn about the skills you need to beat out other applicants.

Suppose you're not confident that a role will be a good fit. In that case, you can explore more information about the company, including reviews from current and former employees, a CEO approval rating, and background information about the business. These details can help you make an informed decision about workplace culture before you apply for a role.

Before negotiating salary, consult the Ladder app. The app calculates your current market value and projections for your future in a given career field based on your location, experience, education, and background.