Archive for the 'Job scams' Category


How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In the June 23, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick responds to readers who want to know what he thinks of a Time magazine cover story about employers that use “XQ” to assess job applicants. Your XQ: More HR B.S.? Readers have been peppering me with questions, asking my reaction to a recent Time cover […]


Reductionist Recruiting: A short history of why you can’t get hired

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In the May 12, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I launch a rant about runaway technology in the world of employment. I mean, it’s way past stupid and counter-productive. It’s dangerous! Or, Why LinkedIn gets paid even when jobs don’t get filled If you’re going to recruit and hire people for your business, or if […]


A headhunter locked me out of jobs for 6 months

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In the April 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says getting referred for a job by a headhunter cost him the job — because the employer didn’t want to pay the fee. Question I applied for a job on Indeed.com at a medical facility. A person called representing herself as working for the […]


Bait & Switch Job Offers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

In the January 20, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker interviews for a senior job only to receive a silly offer for a lower level job. Question I have not been on the job market since 2007, and after a layoff early October 2014 I am fighting my way through this job market. […]


LinkedIn Users Sucker-Punched by Wrong References

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

In the November 11, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we examine yet another questionable LinkedIn “feature” that could cost you a job. Question The New York Times just did a story about a group of people suing LinkedIn for selling possibly invalid references to employers. Now LinkedIn has gone too far. This is causing employers […]


The Indeed.com Game: Are you as dumb as HR?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pssst! Want a job? You might have to relocate to… Anonymous Proxy, Ohio (???)… Read on to learn how! In The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com we discussed phony success metrics published by “the world’s #1 job site.” The point of that column is that Indeed implies it fills lots of jobs and finds jobs for lots […]


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 […]


LinkedIn: Busted for U.S. wage law violations, sued for “injury” to users

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

LinkedIn busted by U.S. Department of Labor It’s no big deal, suggests LinkedIn. According to a Computerworld report (LinkedIn pays almost $6M for U.S. wage law violations), LinkedIn was busted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) when it “violated overtime and record-keeping provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.” DOL investigators found that […]


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 […]


The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In the April 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks me to stop dissing job boards: You claim that job boards don’t work. Yet virtually every job in the world is advertised on job boards, and employers use job boards all the time! Just look at all the traffic they get. I think […]