Archive for December, 2009


Brazen Careerist: An indistinct notion of cool

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I posted a column on my FastCompany.com blog titled, Gen-Y, the Brazen Opportunist, and Curious Case of Penelope Trunk. It wasn’t until Nicole Crimaldi wrote about it on Ms. Career Girl that dialogue on the topic got interesting. I just posted a comment on Nicole’s blog. Normally I wouldn’t reprint […]


Limited time: 1/3 off expires Jan. 2

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

In the last edition of the newsletter, I posted a special offer for 1/3 off on my two new PDF books, How to Work with Headhunters… and how to make headhunters work for you (regular price: $39.95) and How Can I Change Careers? (regular price: $12.95). The special offer of $34.95 for the 2-book bundle […]


How to Say It: Can I help you?

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Discussion: December 22, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter: Some readers have sad tales to tell of job hunting gone bad. Others have found success after trials and tribulations. [Update: The newsletter is not normally archived online, but I’ve put today’s edition up to make it easier to share and to encourage more […]


Readers’ Forum: How to learn from failure

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Discussion: December 22, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter Usually the Readers’ Forum in the Ask The Headhunter newsletter starts with a problem or scenario posed by a reader. Then we all pile on it, here on the blog. This week I’d like to pose a problem myself. The current edition of Wired magazine features an article […]


Puppy-dog headhunters

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Is the job market picking up? If headhunter activity is any measure (and I’m not sure it is), then maybe hiring activity is on the upswing… A reader asks: A recruiter I know (but have never met in person) called me about a position. I told him I was interested based on the description, reporting […]


How long does the headhunter control you?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I don’t normally post the weekly Ask The Headhunter newsletter online, but I got so many requests for this week’s edition that I’ve put it up: How long does the headhunter control me? An excerpt: To understand how to work effectively with headhunters, it’s important to know the differences between retained and contingency headhunters, employment […]


Readers’ Forum: Where are the weirdoes?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Discussion: December 15, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader asks: I am a mission-driven person (and a turn-around expert) who shares a fair number of beliefs from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works style of business and project management. Even today, this is still an “out of the box” style of management and is not […]


How to Say It: Can I dispense with the headhunter?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Discussion: December 15, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A a reader is worried that she can’t apply for a job on her own, at a company where a headhunter was not able to get her a job offer. Her concern might be justified. (Please see my response in today’s newsletter — I don’t normally […]


An open question to Robert McGovern, CEO Jobfox

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Dear Robert, I just went to the Jobfox web site to send you an e-mail, but your profile page doesn’t provide an e-mail link. I wasted only about two minutes searching elsewhere on the site but gave up. Figured I’d just post a note to you here on my own blog. (You are welcome to […]


Readers’ Forum: Ability or credentials?

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Discussion: December 8, 2009 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter The Q&A column in this week’s newsletter asks whether employers are too hell-bent on hiring only “the perfect candidate,” when ability and talent might be the more efficient path to getting a job done. How long will a manager wait until perfection arrives? Do employers really want […]