Archive for the 'Job Search' Category


The Job-Offer Sucker Punch

Monday, August 31st, 2015

In the September 1, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader trusts a recruiter and winds up regretting it. Question I was hired as an executive assistant at a very large, global company. The recruiter (who worked for the company) assured me that the benefits were very good, “comparable to any big company,” and insisted […]


Naive young grad blows it

Monday, August 24th, 2015

In the August 25, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a new grad ignores the line between life and job. Question I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a situation and need your advice. I’m taking my boss to a distant, major resort because my parents have a place there and I foolishly offered it up […]


Is this the worst job ad ever?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

In the August 18, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader almost blows it. Question A friend of mine is seeking a job as an Event Planner. He did this for IBM for several years. He came upon this job description for an Event Manager — if it is indeed a real job! Check out the […]


One Big Negotiating No-No

Monday, August 10th, 2015

In the August 11, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader almost blows it. Question I live and work on the West Coast. Two days ago I was offered a position back in the New York area. I was so happy to go back home, and with my initial offer (including base salary). Nonetheless, I […]


Should I ask for a raise one more time?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In the July 28, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader has been waiting eight years for a raise while doing loads more work. Question I’m a gigantic fan who recommends Ask The Headhunter to everyone I meet. So thank you. I have a question, and if it doesn’t work for the newsletter, then I’d […]


Is this resume too long?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In the July 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks an age-old question. Question I’ve always abided by the standard advice to have your resume focused at one page. However, due to my eight years of experience, more than a few people (including a headhunter), are saying that a one-page resume doesn’t give […]


Don’t let employers always call the shots

Monday, July 6th, 2015

In the July 7, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader gets fed up with a company president who dawdles. Question I just had my first — and I think best — “Nick C. ATH” interview with a start-up. I communicated only with the president — two interviews, one phone, one in person. At the […]


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 […]


6 Secrets of The New Interview

Monday, June 15th, 2015

In the June 16, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, an old friend re-surfaces… for a little while! The New Interview Instruction Book is BACK! 20 years ago, Ask The Headhunter was born from a discussion forum I started on Prodigy (does anyone remember Prodigy?) and a book titled The New Interview Instruction Book. The book […]


Branding yourself suggests you’re clueless

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In the May 26, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, readers ask about branding themselves and about self-marketing. Two brief questions this week reveal the bunk in “branding” yourself when job hunting. The fallacy in this marketing tactic is that getting a job is about you. It’s not. It’s all about the employer and the work […]