Archive for the 'Stuff I worry about' Category


Say goodbye to your psychopathic boss

Monday, September 29th, 2014

I couldn’t make up a story like this if I tried. This week’s newsletter is based on a comment posted by a reader on the Ask The Headhunter blog, edited gently. It’s still long — but I’m publishing the gory details because it’s the sort of story I’m sure many of you have heard from […]


A stupid interview question to ask a woman

Monday, September 8th, 2014

In the September 9, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker wonders why male interviewers ask about her spouse: I am looking for a job that is a greater challenge and I’ve been making the rounds with the recruiters in my industry. So far, of three male recruiters and three male interviewers I have […]


Can I trust Glassdoor reviews?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

In the September 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a burned employee sparks controversy about anonymous employer “reviews” on Glassdoor.com: Have you ever written about Glassdoor reviews? Based in part on positive reviews I read about a start-up company on Glassdoor, I accepted a job. This company was nothing like it presented itself to be. It […]


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 […]