Archive for the 'Getting in the door' Category


Automated Reference Checks: You should be very worried

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In the July 8, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader thinks his references ruined his chances at a job offer: Help! I received a verbal offer of employment, but before the written offer they needed to verify my references through an online survey program. After two weeks, I’ve heard nothing from the employer and they’re […]


Illiteracy is a sign of ignorance

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

In the June 24, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions the value of spell-checkers: A friend of mine applied for a job as a “Principal Engineer” at a local software company. The company recruiter asked lots of questions about his writing ability. It turned out that the recruiter almost threw his resume out, believing […]


Desperate: No degree, can’t get interviews!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

In the May 13, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says she can’t get interviews: My husband works for a recruiting firm and suggested I reach out to you. I have been actively searching for a job for almost two years. I built my own firm from nothing to one of the largest in […]


I’m 64: Will you hire me anyway?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

In the January 28, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader decides to ‘fess up that he’s old… in the cover letter: You’d never know it looking at me or talking to me, but… I’m 64! I learned a while ago to take any reference to my age off my resume, but as I list […]


Ask The Headhunter In A Nutshell: The short course

Monday, December 16th, 2013

In the December 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks for the short and sweet version of Ask The headhunter (and gets an earful): Can you please summarize the Ask The Headhunter strategy and explain the main differences between ATH and the traditional approach to job hunting? Thanks. Nick’s Reply This is a […]


4 Fearless Job Hunting Tips

Monday, November 25th, 2013

In the November 26, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, there’s no Q&A. Instead… I normally take a break during Thanksgiving week and skip publishing an edition of the newsletter so that I can cook, bake, and fill the larder with goodies for Thursday. But I’m cooking up something different for you with this edition. Rather than […]


Employment Tests: Get The Edge | NEW BOOK!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

In the October 8, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker worries about taking employment tests: I’m going on an interview shortly. I was told that prior to receiving an offer there would be some testing. I doubt there are any tests that relate to the job content of this particular job. What other […]


Get Hired: 3 steps to become the wired insider for the job

Monday, September 30th, 2013

In the October 1, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a stay-at-home mom is ready to re-start her career: I know someone who plans to return to work in the fall. She has been a stay-at-home mom for several years. She is a college graduate with about two years of work experience. How do you recommend […]


5 Job Search Nightmares

Monday, September 9th, 2013

In the September 10, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter we tackle 5 nightmares: An employer wants free work A relocation dream turns into a horror story A guy’s network POOF! disappears into thin air LinkedIn makes an employer tell job seekers to sleep it off, and A headhunter and his client are lost in salary dreamland… I get a lot of […]


How to get into a company that’s not hiring

Monday, August 19th, 2013

In the August 20, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants to break down the barriers to get into companies that are not advertising jobs: There are several companies I’d like to work for that don’t have any positions posted, but my skill sets should make me a very viable candidate for them. I […]