Archive for April, 2008


IYFQ’s: Answers #2

Monday, April 28th, 2008

In my last post I tried to tackle half the In Your Face Questions folks posted recently. Let’s get on with the rest… JB King: If a recruiting firm only gets paid once someone is placed, why wouldn’t they want the company to have a churn so that they place more people there? Maybe the company would […]


IYFQ’s: Answers #1

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

In IYFQ’s: Why you can’t get hired or hire good people, I asked readers to post In Your Face Questions about job hunting and hiring for which there seem to be no good answers. You came through in spades — I cringed often enough while reading them that I know you know what I mean […]


Bad-boy headhunters

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I critique bad HR practices with relish, but there’s nothing worse than a bad-boy headhunter. (They come in female, too, of course.) The worst is a headhunter who brushes you off, then torpedoes a job you found for yourself. The lesson: Beware what you tell a headhunter. A reader brings the scenario into clear focus: […]


Beyond mediocrity: Hiring teams

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

What’s the trend in hiring today that desperately signals the need for a new trend? Hiring mediocre people. The clearest sign that companies make too many mediocre hires is the prevalence of garbage-in recruiting methods, all centered on the online seine fishing technique. Companies cast a wide net and pull in anything they can get. […]


Why Johnny doesn’t work

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The dominant explanation for why students aren’t graduating with technical degrees is H-1B and outsourcing. It goes like this: Because American companies send technical jobs overseas, and because they hire foreign nationals under the H-1B visa program, (both supposedly at lower cost than hiring Americans), students regard technical careers (in electronics engineering, software development, information […]


IYFQ’s: Why you can’t get hired or hire good people

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

A good event sparks good ideas, whether you’re a speaker or in the audience. And a recent gig I did for the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) left me with a thought-provoking challenge I’d like to share with you. In 2007, Microsoft asked me to participate in a webinar titled Ignite Your Career. I’ve listened in on some […]


How much money should I ask for?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A reader wants to know how much money to ask for: “I’m considering a position, but I have no idea how much such a position ought to pay. My last employer compensated me at approximately $60K plus stock options, etc. How can I figure this out?” You’re asking about a specific position, but the approach I’m […]