Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


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 […]


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 […]