Archive for the 'Resumes' 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 […]


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 […]


2 Big Time Sucks: Resumes and slowpoke employers

Monday, March 10th, 2014

When your job search stalls, two things stand out as big culprits: resumes and wishful thinking. The next two questions from readers will help you flesh out better methods for managing your job search. We’ll cover resumes in this edition, Part 1, and wishful thinking about slowpoke employers next week, in Part 2. In the […]


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 […]


Skip The Resume: Triangulate to get in the door

Monday, April 8th, 2013

In the April 9, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a transitioning military officer asks how to break through: I have spent the morning drilling through Ask the Headhunter. Thank you for the time and effort you put into that forum. I especially appreciate the reasoned, personal responses you give to select comments on your posts. I would […]


Commit Resume Blasphemy

Monday, March 4th, 2013

In the March 5, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job changer wonders if his resume is any good: I was terminated along with dozens of other people when my company got into trouble. I’ve had to look for jobs in totally different industries because I want to stay in this city. Attached is my […]


How does the Working Resume work?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

In the October 9, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter tries to figure out the Working Resume: OK. I’ve read your book and these 3 articles: How to Build Value on Your Resume Put A Free Sample in Your Resume Resume Blasphemy But I still can’t find a concrete example of what a […]


Summer Slam: Monster, options, skirt protocol & resumes

Monday, August 27th, 2012

In the August 28, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter we do the Summer Slam — “Speed Q&A” about: Monster.com’s and CareerBuilder’s paltry success rates Employers that toy with job applicants Pantsuits or skirts? Blasphemous resumes Every week I publish a real problem from a real reader along with my detailed advice. But I get tons of […]


Degree Inflation: Will it blow up in your face?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

In the June 28, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager who has no college degree wonders how crucial a degree is, and asks whether it’s worth stretching the truth on the resume: In the case of a successful manager, how important is a college degree to a headhunter? I don’t have a degree. With […]


Readers’ Comments: Garbage in Your Resume – Take it out

Monday, March 7th, 2011

In the March 8, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders, just what really needs to be on a resume? I’ve read conflicting advice about what to put in my resume. Right now, it runs over two pages, since I’ve got quite a bit of history that I need to present. Some resume advice says to […]