Archive for the 'How to work with headhunters' Category


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 negotiate salary through a headhunter

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

In the July 24, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter wants to know how to get the best compensation deal through a headhunter: What can I expect from a recruiter when I’m negotiating salary and compensation? After all, doesn’t he work for the hiring company? My Advice This question is so common that […]


Is Your Resume Spaghetti?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

In the June 12, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a headhunter asks a candidate to remove contact information from a resume before submitting it. Is that normal? I was contacted by a headhunter about an opportunity. I was asked to provide a resume in Word format. I said I could not, and instead I provided […]


How long does the headhunter control me?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

In the April 10, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks how to cut the cord to a headhunter: If a recruiter gives a company your resume, how long are you tied to that recruiter concerning that company? For several reasons, I recently lost what I consider to be a great opportunity with […]