Archive for the 'Stuff I worry about' Category


How employers help scammers steal your Social Security number

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It was inevitable: Scammers are stealing job seekers’ identities using over-the-top interview protocols established by employers to gather sensitive personal data. Have employers gone too far demanding too much of job applicants before they even need the information? Great news! A well-known employer in your area sends you an e-mail saying it wants to interview […]


LinkedIn: Busted for U.S. wage law violations, sued for “injury” to users

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

LinkedIn busted by U.S. Department of Labor It’s no big deal, suggests LinkedIn. According to a Computerworld report (LinkedIn pays almost $6M for U.S. wage law violations), LinkedIn was busted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) when it “violated overtime and record-keeping provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.” DOL investigators found that […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Federal Court OK’s Suit Against TheLadders: Breach of contract & deceptive practices

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

During the many years this blog has reported the questionable practices of TheLadders, angry Ladders customers who felt scammed often commented that someone should file a class action against the company. Their wishes have come true. The United States District Court, Southern District of New York, has ruled that a consumer action lawsuit may proceed […]


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 […]


TheLadders Update: Still sliming its customers

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’ve covered the sad story of TheLadders in many columns on this blog over the years. So, what’s up with this poster child of bad behavior in the career space? The company’s $2,500 “We guarantee you a job” offer is long gone. The front-and-center resume writing offers have disappeared. Of course, a class-action suit about […]


Big Data, Big Problems for Job Seekers?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In the January 21, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick asks readers for help with an upcoming TV news interview: There’s no question from a reader this week. Instead, I’m asking all of you readers a question. May I have your help? I’ve been asked to appear on a TV news show to discuss how […]


Join My LinkedIn Gang-Bang!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In the December 3, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants to join my network: I wanted to send you a LinkedIn invitation to connect, but I noticed on your LinkedIn profile page that you only accept connections from people you already know. How can you expand your network if you don’t want to […]