Archive for the 'Recruiting' Category


The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In the April 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks me to stop dissing job boards: You claim that job boards don’t work. Yet virtually every job in the world is advertised on job boards, and employers use job boards all the time! Just look at all the traffic they get. I think […]


Big HR Data: Why Internet Explorer users aren’t worth hiring

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

In the February 4, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we’re catching up on the TV news segment I told you about recently… Ask The Headhunter Video This space is normally devoted to Q&A: A “live” problem faced by a reader, and my advice. But two weeks ago, in the January 20 edition, I asked for […]


Executive Search: Don’t pay lazy headhunters

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In the September 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks why headhunters charge you to join their database so they can “find” you and earn big fees by placing you. Where’s the search in that? I run a small, high-tech company and I’ve been looking at various models for hiring top-level executive talent, […]


LinkedIn Payola: Selling out employers and job hunters

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Introduction You’re an employer. You pay LinkedIn to search its profiles when you’re recruiting. Do you care that the job applicants who rise to the top of your search results paid for their positioning? In a sweeping 1950s music industry scandal, radio deejays were exposed for taking money — payola — from record promoters to […]


Why HR should get out of the hiring business

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In the April 2, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter complains about HR: Throughout my career I have gotten new jobs by meeting and talking to managers who would be my bosses. Now I keep running into the Human Resources roadblock in companies where I’d like to talk to a manager about a […]


Systemic Recruitment Fraud: How employers fund America’s jobs crisis

Monday, January 21st, 2013

In the January 22, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, reader John Franklin (who appeared with me on a PBS NewsHour segment last September) says recruitment advertising is often deceptive and asks how widespread I think the problem is: Hi, Nick — Happy New Year. I was one of the other folks featured in the PBS story Is […]


Pssst! Here’s where you should be recruiting top talent!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here’s an excerpt from a comment posted by Mason on another column, Get Hired: No resume, no interview, no joke: The problem is this. Employers actually LOVE this current job market. They can control costs by paying exactly what they want for a given job/position…and they have an ENORMOUS pool of willing applicants from which to choose. Some […]


Bait & Switch: Games staffing firms play

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

In the October 23, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks about bait-and-switch contracts used by “staffing” firms. A recruiter at an IT staffing firm did something that I think is very unethical. I signed a contract with the firm to perform IT duties at a company where I successfully interviewed just days […]


Modern Advances In Career Science: Eliminate the humans

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If you’re smart and know how to show an employer how you’ll contribute to the bottom line, you don’t need Big Data — and you’ve got little competition. But Big Data is the Modern Advance In Career Science, and the objective is to eliminate the humans from job hunting, recruiting, and hiring. Joel Cheesman had […]


Hiring Manager: HR is the problem, you are the solution

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In the July 17, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager complains that Human Resources (HR) departments are behind the talent shortage: I don’t have a question, but I want to share stories about two candidates that I interviewed. (I am a manager.) I am continually astounded at the kinds of idiotic discrimination I see companies engage […]