Archive for the 'Getting in the door' Category


Is this resume too long?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In the July 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks an age-old question. Question I’ve always abided by the standard advice to have your resume focused at one page. However, due to my eight years of experience, more than a few people (including a headhunter), are saying that a one-page resume doesn’t give […]


Branding yourself suggests you’re clueless

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In the May 26, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, readers ask about branding themselves and about self-marketing. Two brief questions this week reveal the bunk in “branding” yourself when job hunting. The fallacy in this marketing tactic is that getting a job is about you. It’s not. It’s all about the employer and the work […]


How can shy people make job contacts?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

In the February 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to overcome shyness and capitalize on personal contacts as the path to a job. Question I am an intelligent, hardworking analyst who is also an introvert. Once I’m on the job, I’m fine and people like me. But getting contacts lined up […]


‘Tis the season to land the right job

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In the December 23, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, several job seekers bemoan the state of employment: Question   This week’s edition addresses submissions from several readers: “I don’t understand it. I must have responded to over 50 job postings in the last month, and I haven’t gotten a single interview.” “I’ve completed over a […]


The Magic Resume Calculator: Save 95% of your job hunting time!

Monday, December 8th, 2014

In the December 9, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker asks how to format a resume for best results: Question When you reply via e-mail to a job ad, what is the preferred method of sending a cover letter and a resume? A formatted document, or plain text? Many don’t specify. Nick’s Reply […]


Wanted: HR exec with the guts to not ask for your SSN

Monday, December 1st, 2014

In the December 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker hesitates to hand over a Social Security number: Question The more I read your columns, the more I realize that the employment process is not just broken. It’s inappropriate and run by people who think they can demand anything from people who need […]


How to tease a job interview out of a manager

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

In the November 4, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker’s mail to a hiring manager winds up routed to HR: Question What if the hiring manager forces you to deal with the personnel department? My friend’s mom works at the company where I want to work. She came through with the name of […]


Resume Blasphemy

Monday, August 25th, 2014

In the August 26, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker asks whether I’m serious about the Working Resume: I recently stumbled upon your website and found it most useful. Thank you for sharing your insights and advice. I am starting to implement them in my job search. With respect to the Working Resume […]


An insider’s biggest beefs with employment testing

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Last fall I was tickled to publish the first guest author in the Ask The Headhunter Bookstore: Dr. Erica Klein, who wrote Employment Tests: Get The Edge. The book stemmed from enormous interest in a short article Erica wrote for the Guest Voices section of the Ask The Headhunter website. I asked Erica to turn […]


How employers help scammers steal your Social Security number

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It was inevitable: Scammers are stealing job seekers’ identities using over-the-top interview protocols established by employers to gather sensitive personal data. Have employers gone too far demanding too much of job applicants before they even need the information? Great news! A well-known employer in your area sends you an e-mail saying it wants to interview […]