Archive for October, 2009


How to Say It: I can handle it!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

In today’s October 27, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader has it up to here with employers who really, really want to know whether she can handle it… I’m an administrative assistant, customer service, and office support worker and I’m very good. I have tons of experience under my belt working successfully with people […]


Readers’ Forum: No phone calls, please! (Version 2)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

We recently heard from a reader who saw a job posting that warned, “No phone calls, please!” In this week’s newsletter (October 27, 2009) another reader runs into the same warning, but the story has another twist. (What is it with employers who don’t want to talk to job applicants, anyway?) I found the job […]


TheLadders’ Marc Cenedella makes a phone call

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Paying members of TheLadders often shoot off angry e-mails to CEO Marc Cenedella and complain he never responds. Ask The Headhunter readers sometimes send me copies of these e-mail exchanges (along with their rants about Ladders). Here’s a typical response that Ladders customers receive from customer service, when they complain that Cenedella is not replying to […]


Overqualified Applicants: We are terrified of you

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I don’t know whether the New York Times is trying to shed light on the growing unemployment situation or to poke fun at job hunters and employers. In a story yesterday ($13 an Hour? 500 Sign Up, 1 Wins a Job) the Times tells about a trucking company that ran a job posting on CareerBuilder… […]


Readers’ Forum: What do I owe the headhunter?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

A reader’s problem: Five years ago a headhunter convinced me to interview with Company A. I wasn’t offered a job after the interview, but the experience motivated me to find a job with another company, B. After a few months, Company A offered me a job (through the headhunter), but I had to decline since […]


How to Say It: No phone calls, please!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Well… I’m not going to tell you how to say “No phone calls, please!” (It’s just a nice, catchy title.) But I hope we can address what a job hunter should do when the personnel jockey warns  not to call anyone at the company… A reader asks: I researched the company and sent in the […]


The Monster-ous quality of choice

Monday, October 19th, 2009

A recent post, Congress to Employers: You’re not proctologists, drew a comment that reveals the dangerous new cracks in our employment system  — and hints at the problem employers need to address if the quality of hiring is to improve. In a comment on that post, dated October 19, 2009 at 6:52 am, reader Nic says: This […]


Q&A: Climbing out of the hole

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

You think you have problems? We’re the parents of a 30-year-old college-grad-gone-wrong man. Our son now has two incidents and a criminal record as a result of his ten-year obsession with eastern culture (martial arts/intense spiritual yoga indoctrination). He got fired from his daytime jobs and still has a few hearings scheduled in court. While […]


Turn down the volume

Friday, October 16th, 2009

When I give a presentation, the first thing I tell the audience – whether they’re job hunters or hiring managers — is, “Everything you know about job hunting (or hiring) is wrong.” Shoulders relax. People giggle nervously. They are so relieved to hear they’re not crazy. They know the conventional wisdom is wrong. Then I tell them […]


How to Say It: Informational (gag!) Interviews

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Informational interviews — gag me with a spoon. They call it an informational “interview” because… it’s a veiled job interview. The challenge is how to get the information you need in the right setting. And an interview ain’t it. In the October 13, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions advice she was given by […]