Archive for April, 2009


How to Say It: I’ll take less money

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

A few weeks ago we started a How to Say It challenge in the newsletter, and submissions have been voluminous! Here’s a good one: I think your tree analogy in Taking a Salary Cut to Change Careers is an excellent way to describe the potential pitfalls associated with climbing the wrong branch, and the rewards […]


Show me the money!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

We’ve talked about disclosing salary to employers, and we’ve discussed when it’s appropriate to bring up money during the hiring process. The conventional wisdom says job applicants shouldn’t bring up money at all — wait until the employer brings it up. (I think that’s nuts. But I’m not conventional.) I think it helps to consider […]


Show us your work

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Employers are more cautious than ever about hiring people. The cost of hiring the wrong person is just too great because budgets are so tight. Managers want to get it right the first time. We all know that traditional interviews are not a great way to evaluate a job candidate. And I talk myself blue […]


Bad employee! Down, Boy!

Friday, April 17th, 2009

We don’t often talk about employee relations — so let’s do it more. A troubled reader submitted this: How do you get people to stop making negative comments about other employees? I worked for a company last year and had several employees on my project who I discovered were trashing others — and they were really going after one employee […]


H-1B: Foreign companies hiring foreign nationals

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

I’m a big believer in international competition and in Have brains, will travel. So I’ve never been able to find a comfortable position on the H-1B visa controversy. Do American companies need foreign talent so badly that they must import specialized workers to fill critical positions? Or are they using H-1B to lower costs by […]


TheLadders’ rigid set of criteria

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

It used to say, “ONLY $100K+ JOBS. ONLY $100K+ CANDIDATES.” With the re-design of its web site, TheLadders now claims “Exclusively $100K+ jobs. Exclusively $100K+ talent.” They must have hired a new ad company that owns a thesaurus. (Sorry, I’m not linking you to TheLadders web site. I won’t contribute to their traffic.) We’ve had no […]


Sorting resumes: A strategic hiring error all the time

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Auren Hoffman has reinvented headhunting and escaped from Armchair Recruiting: Hiring what comes along. This is a genuine compliment, not a backhanded one. I’m tickled that someone else is writing about this. In Why hiring is paradoxically harder in a downturn, Hoffman realizes that when more people are looking for jobs, employers get more garbage resumes […]


A Fox in the personnel department

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I’ve got a pretty wacky sense of humor, but I can’t get my hands around this one. I’d like to serve a wood pie to Mike Darnell, chief of alternative programming at Fox network, the twisto development guy who came up with Somebody’s Gotta Go. The concept is simple and akin to Russian Roulette: A company […]


Droolers, Charles Manson and A. Harrison Barnes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Man, I couldn’t have written it better myself. I’ve been watching a family of “job” sites that’s akin to a pack of electronic junkyard dogs trying to bite people. I’m not even gonna give you the link. The flagship site is called Hound.com. Don’t waste your time visiting it. Trust me: You don’t want those doggie […]