Archive for September, 2009


There are resumes, and there are resumes

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s good to find a fresh voice online that gives you useful advice, slaps you around a little (we all need it sometimes), entertains you, and leaves you feeling like you just learned something most people don’t know. Check out 2 Great New Ways to Get a Kick-Butt Resume by Mark Bartz. Mark writes resumes for […]


Readers’ Forum: Old, talented and sidelined

Monday, September 28th, 2009

It’s the question on the lips of the ever-growing over-60 population. (Hey, you’re not over 60? Just wait a few minutes… because when you get to 60, it’s gonna feel like just a few minutes ago that you were younger.) From the new Ask The Headhunter Newsletter Readers’ Forum: I’m a 64-year-old (healthy and talented) […]


How to Say It: Why I left

Monday, September 28th, 2009

In the Top 10 Stupid Interview Questions category… the new Ask The Headhunter Newsletter includes this query from a reader about How to Say It: This question is asked by almost every employer: Why did you leave your last job? Frankly, I’m tired of it, but it just keeps coming. It’s like they’re asking me […]


Over-thinking the job interview: Is it worth a Porsche?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Rules for job hunting and interviewing have become so institutionalized and complex that employers and managers make themselves look downright silly. My guess is that this is costing their companies dearly. It’s bad enough when job hunters over-think how they are going about it — but it’s sometimes scary when employers reveal how they judge people they […]


LinkedIn for Job Seekers: A personal tutor

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I don’t write about many products or services because it’s rare that I find one worth writing about. Let’s face it, the Net is rife with hyped-up garbag-io. But sometimes something comes along that’s worth talking about. Even then, I can’t get interested in a product until I know who is behind it. I met Jason Alba […]


Readers’ Forum: How do we identify the good guys?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

From the September 22, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter (sign up, get your own!): A manager’s question: How difficult is it to gauge character and personality in the typical job interview? No doubt this accounts for many of the pointless questions that are asked. Of course, the more manipulative a person is, the more likely […]


How to Say It: I’m gonna prove it to you

Monday, September 21st, 2009

In the September 22, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader has the right idea to impress a manager but needs a nudge: I agree with your advice to do a demonstration in the job interview to show what you can do. But I seem to lock up during the part where I am telling […]


Readers’ Forum: How third-world farmers beat corporate HR

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Third-world farmer: 1 Modern American manager: 0 If American companies want to start hiring like it matters again, it’s time to behave like the third-world country we were in the 18th century. In with common sense. Out with Human Resources bureaucracy. I’ve been teaching how to do the job to win the job on Ask The […]


How to Say It: Break the ice with a new contact

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Personal contacts account for between 40% and 70% of new hires. But how do you make a personal contact? That’s the subject of the September 15, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Here’s a reader’s dilemma… and opportunity: I just attended a professional seminar and I met people from several companies—two are places where I’d really […]


What’s integrity?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Reader Edward said something provocative on Attitude in a “crappy job market”: It’s actually fairly easy to check for integrity, if you first know what it is. Well, what is it? I think I’ve got the start of a useful definition and I’ve used it pretty successfully, though I think it needs to be fleshed […]