Archive for the 'Success at Work' Category


What to say to a stingy boss

Monday, April 7th, 2014

In the April 8, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says her boss “gave her a raise” by hiring another employee: I have been with my current employer for six and a half years. I was promoted six months ago from administrative assistant to assistant manager. I got the title but no pay increase. […]


Should I stay at my current company?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

In the February 18, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader can’t decide whether to stay or go: I’m feeling itchy — I think you know what I mean. This is probably what a headhunter like you looks for in a job candidate for your clients. Someone who is ready to move! I’m happy at […]


Optimize your first day on the job

Monday, October 14th, 2013

In the October 15, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to start a new job off on the right foot: I’m starting a new job soon, and I’d like your opinion on how to make a great first impression. I can do the handshaking and small talk, but what else? I’ve read […]


When should I tell my boss I’m resigning?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

In the January 15, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks when to give the boss notice of resignation: I have an opportunity to move from a large corporation to a established startup. I have put in seven happy years at the corporation, but the new position will be a nice change. I’m […]


Can I earn a degree from the School of Hard Knocks?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

In the December 18, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter considers an online, or “distance learning” degree: I have over 24 years experience in industry, but I never got a college degree. Now I want to get a bachelors. A “distance learning” college has approved my application for a B.S. in Business Administration. […]


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 […]


My employer withheld my pay

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

In the July 3, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a 20% bonus disappears: When I was hired, my offer letter included the promise of an annual 20% bonus. Recently I was transferred internally, but there was no notice of a change in my compensation deal. Bonus time came around but neither my old or new […]


My boss is a liar

Monday, April 16th, 2012

In the April 17, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader laments that the boss — uh — doesn’t tell the truth: My boss lies about the availability of projects, about giving bonuses, and about promised help. I suppose the high road is the best and I should keep quiet, but I hate giving into […]


How can I optimize my first day on the job?

Monday, February 13th, 2012

In the February 14, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to make the most of the first day on the job: I am starting a new job soon and would like your suggestions on how to make a great first impression. I can do the handshaking and small talk, but what else? […]


Am I chasing the salary surveys?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

In the August 23, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a frustrated reader who’s been on the job for just a couple of months checks the salary surveys and wonders whether it’s already time to ask for a raise… I love my new job. However, I checked some recent salary surveys and it seems I am underpaid […]