Archive for June, 2008


Those pesky women in the coal mine

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Women just keep causing trouble. You can’t figure them out, no matter how much you try. They just wanna have fun. They want a degree. They want a good job. They want respect. They want to earn as much as men. They want kids. They want to break the glass ceiling. They want corporate life […]


The salary dog

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

James Maguire at Datamation (the oldest IT publication this side of a PDP-11 manual) pointed me to glassdoor.com and asked what I think of this new web site that gathers and reports salary information in the information technology industry. His article is a fun read: IT Salaries: Glassdoor Reveals Tech Pay Figures. This web site — […]


You’ll pay to quit this job

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Sometimes I think I’ve heard it all, but this employer puts a new spin on respecting the job candidate… This week’s Ask The Headhunter Newsletter generated a lot of sharp comments via e-mail, as well as many requests that I post it on the blog. I’m glad to oblige. (The newsletter is free, but it’s not archived […]


Does someone have to wipe your hiney?

Monday, June 16th, 2008

There’s dirty work, dirty code (ask any good programmer), dirty logic, dirty clothing (urgh, you smell — no job offer!), but perhaps the most pervasive dirty is dirty talk and dirty language. Healthy words exhibiting bad behavior. Foul usage. Incorrect grammar. Poor spelling. Wrong pronouns when nouns just wanna be right. It all makes you look stupid, inept, […]


Getting your butt kicked?

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

In an effort to make recruiting and hiring more rational, objective, logical, impartial, non-discriminatory (now, there’s a word that’s been bastardized: it used to mean keen, discerning, judicious), dispassionate, and fair… companies have learned to administer tests… What’s the deal with these profile tests some companies are using? The ones where they ask the same question several times […]


Coveted, lucrative, and rare

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The question on every job hunter’s lips is, “How do I make myself stand apart?” It’s a good question because it seems every joker and his sister apply for every job posted on the Net. The competition isn’t just stiff — it’s voluminous. How does a good worker rise above the sea of mediocrity? You won’t […]


Investor’s Business Daily: Advertorial heaven

Friday, June 6th, 2008

A few years ago, I wrote an edition of my newsletter that I still stand behind: Job-board Journalism: Selling out the American job hunter. The article revealed how major news outlets, like the Wall Street Journal and the cartel of newspapers that bought out CareerBuilder, compromise their editorial integrity to earn big cash from job boards. Simply, these newspapers […]


Occam’s Razor slashes You

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

What’s the job hunting approach everyone can use? Start with Occam’s Razor, and you’ll find it. A reader asks:  In all the muck and quagmire of “Internet advice” for the jobless, your bits of wisdom shine like flecks of silver. My question: How does an early middle-aged, twice-careered (both in service industry management), with a recent […]