Archive for May, 2009


Wanted: Big small candidate

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

What really goes on in the room where job ads are written? I saw a listing for a security specialist the other day. It listed a  bunch of high-level requirements and looked interesting, though I noticed they also said “heavy attention to detail.” Is that a  realistic expectation for someone who has a more strategic thinking mind?  Can you […]


Forum: Whistleblower’s dilemma

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

In the new! improved! Ask The Headhunter newsletter, a new “forum” section presents challenges that readers are facing — and asks subscribers to chime in with their ideas. I’m getting so many e-mails about the forum that there’s no way to get all the good ideas into the next edition of the newsletter. So I’m going to try […]


Jobs, jobs everywhere

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Toby Dayton nails the problem: Jobs, jobs everywhere, but not an offer to be had. Twitter is the new channel — companies are paying to tweet their jobs? Coke oughta get into the act: Post them under bottletops or on can lids. (Who cares if the job gets filled by the time you flip the […]


“Executive Career Management” scams

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I’ve been getting more queries than usual lately about “executive career management” firms. No surprise. There are lots more executives out of work. These are the firms that offer to provide top-level consulting to top-level executives who need professional help finding a job. One of these outfits quotes Tiger Woods to make its pitch: “Professionals […]


TheLadders wins a Webby!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

A reader just called my attention to this, and by gawd, he’s right! The Webby Awards has awarded the Webby for Best Employment Web Site to… TheLadders! Thought I’d celebrate by highlighting one of the recent posts (April 28) on this blog about TheLadders! The Ladders posted a job in February for an IT Management job […]


Yes, Virginia, offers sometimes get rescinded

Monday, May 4th, 2009

This is a very painful experience. Sometimes, though, an employer shows integrity and the job candidate reveals common sense. This reader has been through the mill, but has survived and gained an unexpected benefit… I just read your article The company rescinded the offer (Ask The Headhunter newsletter, 4/14/09 — too late to get that […]