Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


Say NO to tests prior to an interview

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

In the March 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about investing time in employment tests before the employer invests time in an interview. Question I applied for a Senior Director position with a large healthcare software company. I was “selected” by HR to begin the recruitment process, which starts with “assessment tests” […]


How to fix a bad reference the hard way

Monday, March 16th, 2015

In the March 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader needs to deal with an old boss who’s probably also a bad reference. Question I just had an interview where I followed your advice in Fearless Job Hunting, Book 6. I took control, offered to show how I’d do the job, and demonstrated to […]


My boss won’t deliver a promised raise

Monday, March 9th, 2015

In the March 10, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains that the boss laughs off a “small” raise. Question I work for the CFO of a huge company and I am grossly underpaid. When I brought this to his attention (several times) he finally thanked me and laughed it off, saying that I […]


Should I take a big counter-offer?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In the March 3, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader considers a big, fat counter-offer not to leave a job she hates for one she really wants. Question I work in the financial services industry. For a year and a half, I was promised project management work but never got it. Recently I landed […]


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 […]


The 6 Gotchas of Goodbye

Monday, February 16th, 2015

In the February 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss how HR can make your exit tricky — and how to protect yourself. The last word on leaving your job When you leave a job, HR is often waiting for you with a few tricks. I call this exit gantlet the 6 gotchas of […]


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 […]


Your Boss Hates You: The politics of CYA

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In the January 27, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is fed up with a boss whose idea of management is bad politics. Question I work for a failing organization that brought in a new manager to turn things around. The problem is that the new manager has threatened to dismiss me. He clearly […]


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. […]