Archive for the 'Job Search' Category


WTF! Inflatable Interviewer Dolls?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In the July 29, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader doesn’t feel like doing a solo job interview: What do you think of an employer that uses a video service such as Montage to conduct its pre-screening of job candidates? I was recently asked to do this and found the experience awful. You don’t get […]


4 Tips for Fearless Job Hunters

Monday, July 21st, 2014

In the July 22, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, four questions yield four tips to help you overcome some of the daunting obstacles you’ll face in your job search. What should a job seeker always say to the employer at the end of an interview? What should I do about application forms that “require” my […]


The employer is hiding the salary!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In the July 15, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about wasting vacation time interviewing for the wrong jobs: I applied for a position in another state and got a call right away to set up an interview. I scheduled vacation time for this meeting and it went very well. I liked what I […]


Automated Reference Checks: You should be very worried

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In the July 8, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader thinks his references ruined his chances at a job offer: Help! I received a verbal offer of employment, but before the written offer they needed to verify my references through an online survey program. After two weeks, I’ve heard nothing from the employer and they’re […]


Illiteracy is a sign of ignorance

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

In the June 24, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions the value of spell-checkers: A friend of mine applied for a job as a “Principal Engineer” at a local software company. The company recruiter asked lots of questions about his writing ability. It turned out that the recruiter almost threw his resume out, believing […]


Stand Out: How to be the profitable hire

Monday, June 16th, 2014

In the June 17, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says that not all jobs produce profit: I have read this in your advice more than once: If I can’t show you how I will boost the company’s profitability with my work, then you should not hire me. There are many positions in “the company” […]


Make interview travel pay off

Monday, June 9th, 2014

In the June 10, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader doesn’t want to pay so an employer can interview him: I applied for a sales job, but it’s in a distant city. I don’t think the company pays relocation costs. They insist that applicants pay a portion of the interview costs, including mileage, airfare, hotel, […]


Too rich to land a job?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

In the May 20, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader with a trust fund just can’t get it in gear: I got a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature three months ago, and I’ve been unemployed ever since. The only job that my Ph.D. would lead to directly is an academic one, but I was so […]


Desperate: No degree, can’t get interviews!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

In the May 13, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says she can’t get interviews: My husband works for a recruiting firm and suggested I reach out to you. I have been actively searching for a job for almost two years. I built my own firm from nothing to one of the largest in […]


Rutgers Business School Webinar – Q&A Overflow

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

This evening I presented a webinar to the Rutgers Business School Alumni Association, co-sponsored by the University Alumni Association: Fearless Job Hunting: Be The Profitable Hire. The Q&A section of the presentation was great — but of course, there were so many questions that we couldn’t get to them all. So I invited attendees to […]