Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


Resume Blasphemy

Monday, August 25th, 2014

In the August 26, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker asks whether I’m serious about the Working Resume: I recently stumbled upon your website and found it most useful. Thank you for sharing your insights and advice. I am starting to implement them in my job search. With respect to the Working Resume […]


How and when to reject a job interview

Monday, August 18th, 2014

When I answer readers’ questions, we don’t usually learn about the outcome. In this week’s edition, a reader follows up and we see what happens when someone takes my advice. In the August 19, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker interviews an employer before the interview: I have been invited to interview for […]


Help! I’m a floundering headhunter!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

In the August 5, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a headhunter’s troubles reveal how job seekers can help themselves: I just read your expose on CareerBuilder (Employment In America: WTF is going on?). I have used them over the years with very mixed results, and now they’re eliminating my discount and almost doubling my cost. A […]


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 […]


Why do recruiters suck so bad?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

In the July 1, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader expresses serious reservations about recruiters: I am a 46-year-old woman who has been rendered 100% unemployable in the New Economy. I’d just like some help in understanding what’s going on. My experience with recruiters has been terrible, and as a recruiter I thought you could […]


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” […]