Archive for the 'Q&A' Category

How to engineer your personal network

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We’ve been talking about networking. (See Please! Stop Networking! and Network, but don’t be a jerk!) I know the idea of talking to strangers puts many of you off. Some of my readers on PBS NewsHour (see the comments section on that linked page) have even suggested networking is unethical, a form of nepotism, and […]

Network, but don’t be a jerk!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

In the September 22, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we try to eliminate the jerk factor from networking. Question Everyone talks about networking as the best way to find the right job. There must be a key to this approach beyond just going to networking meetings and signing up with one of the online social […]

Please! Stop Networking!

Monday, September 14th, 2015

In the September 15, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader just doesn’t get all the fuss that’s called networking. Question I’ve been trying to find a mentor who understands networking better than I do. I just don’t get it. We are not expert in everything, and this is one area where I want to […]

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 […]

The ONLY way to ask for a higher job offer

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

In the August 4, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants more money. Question How should I request a better offer than the one that was made? By phone? By e-mail? By regular mail? Do you ask the HR person, since that is who handles the offer letter in the first place? How does […]

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 […]

2 Rules About Working for Start-Ups

Monday, July 20th, 2015

In the July 21, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is in a pickle — er, start-up — without a salary, and without protection on the upside or the downside. Question Your advice in the newsletters is brilliant. However, I haven’t seen you say much about start-ups. I’m in my 50s and enjoy the […]