Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


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 […]


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 […]


The HR Gantlet: How to leave your job without getting hurt

Monday, June 29th, 2015

In the June 30, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is faced with the HR gantlet on his way out the door. Question I’m leaving my company and HR is asking me to sign all sorts of forms and documents. I’m faced with reams of legal-ese! I’m worried they’re going to slip in something […]


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 […]


How to ask for an early salary raise

Monday, June 8th, 2015

In the June 9, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader excels at a new job, fixes what was broken, and wants an early raise. Is that possible? Question I have been working for a small company for six months. My duties expanded dramatically soon after I was hired. When I got here, I walked […]


Talent Crisis: Managers who don’t recruit

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In the June 2, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders what the problem is with employers. They really can’t find the hires they need?? Question Why do companies seem to have such a hard time finding the people they say they need — the “talent?” I apply for jobs that I know I’m […]


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 […]