Archive for the 'Headhunters' Category


Spamming To Fill Jobs: Idiots peeing on telephone poles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the May 19, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss the e-mail habits of certain job seekers and recruiters. What a mess. I couldn’t make this stuff up Lately I’ve been railing against institutional failures in the job hunting and hiring process — job boards, HR departments, and vendors of automated recruiting stupidity. But […]


2 really insulting interview questions

Monday, January 12th, 2015

We often discuss the Top 10 Stupid Interview Questions that employers ask. This week we’ll talk about two really insulting questions that interviewers should never ask — and how you might respond. One question was posed by a headhunter, and the other by an employer. In the January 13, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, two […]


Help! I’m a floundering headhunter!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

In the August 5, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a headhunter’s troubles reveal how job seekers can help themselves: I just read your expose on CareerBuilder (Employment In America: WTF is going on?). I have used them over the years with very mixed results, and now they’re eliminating my discount and almost doubling my cost. A […]


Why do recruiters suck so bad?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In the July 1, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader expresses serious reservations about recruiters: I am a 46-year-old woman who has been rendered 100% unemployable in the New Economy. I’d just like some help in understanding what’s going on. My experience with recruiters has been terrible, and as a recruiter I thought you could […]


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 […]


Executive Search: Don’t pay lazy headhunters

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In the September 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks why headhunters charge you to join their database so they can “find” you and earn big fees by placing you. Where’s the search in that? I run a small, high-tech company and I’ve been looking at various models for hiring top-level executive talent, […]


Did this headhunter overlook me?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

In the August 6, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders when a headhunter will call him about his application: I’ve applied for a job (online, to a headhunter) for which I easily meet all the criteria. I even have several “value add” items in my past that make me an extra good candidate. But […]


Should you disclose your salary history to a headhunter?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

In the July 30, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader frets about disclosing her salary information to a headhunter (and to an employer): I am a great fan of your newsletter and just read your guides, Keep Your Salary Under Wraps, How to Work with Headhunters, and How Can I Change Careers?, so I suppose […]


Headhunters Are Harassing Me!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

In the March 26, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about troublesome headhunters: What’s your advice to someone who is dealing with unwanted cold calls from headhunters? Somehow my name has been shared around as someone who is looking for a change. (I’m not. If I were, I would be the one making […]


How to screen headhunters

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

In Does the headhunter own my job interviews? we explore where headhunters fit in the recruiting equation — when employers contact the same candidates on their own. Who “owns” the candidate and who “owns” the job interview? The best question that’s come up in that discussion is, What value does the headhunter add? to recruiting and […]