Archive for the 'Stuff I worry about' Category


Branding yourself suggests you’re clueless

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In the May 26, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, readers ask about branding themselves and about self-marketing. Two brief questions this week reveal the bunk in “branding” yourself when job hunting. The fallacy in this marketing tactic is that getting a job is about you. It’s not. It’s all about the employer and the work […]


Spamming To Fill Jobs: Idiots peeing on telephone poles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the May 19, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss the e-mail habits of certain job seekers and recruiters. What a mess. I couldn’t make this stuff up Lately I’ve been railing against institutional failures in the job hunting and hiring process — job boards, HR departments, and vendors of automated recruiting stupidity. But […]


Reductionist Recruiting: A short history of why you can’t get hired

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In the May 12, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I launch a rant about runaway technology in the world of employment. I mean, it’s way past stupid and counter-productive. It’s dangerous! Or, Why LinkedIn gets paid even when jobs don’t get filled If you’re going to recruit and hire people for your business, or if […]


A headhunter locked me out of jobs for 6 months

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In the April 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says getting referred for a job by a headhunter cost him the job — because the employer didn’t want to pay the fee. Question I applied for a job on Indeed.com at a medical facility. A person called representing herself as working for the […]


Dissed By HR: Can you top this?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

In the April 7, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader hears a tired, old story from an HR manager. How much bad HR behavior will job seekers and employers put up with? Job hunters say the darndest things — things that sometimes cost them interviews or job offers. But job hunters don’t represent entire […]


LinkedIn Users Sucker-Punched by Wrong References

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

In the November 11, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we examine yet another questionable LinkedIn “feature” that could cost you a job. Question The New York Times just did a story about a group of people suing LinkedIn for selling possibly invalid references to employers. Now LinkedIn has gone too far. This is causing employers […]


The Indeed.com Game: Are you as dumb as HR?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pssst! Want a job? You might have to relocate to… Anonymous Proxy, Ohio (???)… Read on to learn how! In The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com we discussed phony success metrics published by “the world’s #1 job site.” The point of that column is that Indeed implies it fills lots of jobs and finds jobs for lots […]


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 […]