Archive for the 'Job Search' Category


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 […]


Quit, Fired, Downsized: Leave on your own terms

Monday, February 9th, 2015

In the February 10, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss how to know it’s time to go, what to say to exit interviews, and how to resign right. How are you leaving? Last week I introduced you to my new PDF book, Parting Company | How to leave your job, and we briefly discussed […]


Parting Company: How to leave your job

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

In the February 3, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we take a look at how to leave your job without hurting your career. Fired? Downsized? Need to resign? In last week’s edition, Your Boss Hates You: The politics of CYA, we discussed a reader’s difficult parting with her employer. Some of the busiest areas of […]


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. […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


After 2 big salary jumps, I landed hard

Monday, December 15th, 2014

In the December 16, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker gets two 25% salary boosts and lands hard: Question I left a management job at Company A 16 months ago after ten years. It was becoming uncomfortably similar to the company you refer to in Death by Lethal Reputation. A friend recruited me […]


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 […]


4 Fearless Job Hunting Tips for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24th, 2014

In the November 25, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, there’s no Q&A. Instead… I used to take a break during Thanksgiving week and skipped publishing an edition of the newsletter so that I could cook, bake, and fill the larder with goodies for the holiday. But last year I started a new tradition and cooked […]