Archive for January, 2010


TheLadders: Job-board salary fraud?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Honest, I don’t wake up every morning wondering, How can I slam TheLadders today? But TheLadders just seems to keep tripping over its own questionable practices. UPDATE March 19, 2014 Angry, frustrated customers of TheLadders who say they were scammed finally get their day in court. Federal Court OK’s Suit Against TheLadders: Breach of contract […]


How to Say It: Boo! to the employer

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Discussion: January 26, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader’s query: In today’s newsletter, a “less than qualified” job applicant wonders how to shake the interview up. Is it ever proper to tell the interviewer that looking for “exact skills” will result in hiring someone who is likely to get bored easily and move on […]


How to apply for a job: The Working Resume

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

When I first started publishing Ask The Headhunter online in 1995, the most popular and frustrating question I’d get from readers was, How can I write a really great resume that will get me an interview? My answer was simple: Throw your resume in the garbage. Don’t use a resume. A resume is a crutch. A […]


Readers’ Forum: Screwed by a headhunter

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Discussion: January 19, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A a reader lost a precious job offer because she let a “headhunter” get involved: My daughter recently got a job offer from a Fortune 100 company. When her headhunter sent them a bill, the company withdrew the offer. They said their policy excludes headhunters. Something […]


How to Say It: How ’bout some severance pay?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Discussion: January 19, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader’s query: My company has announced a layoff, and it includes me. There has been no mention of severance pay, just “Goodbye and good luck!” Many of us have been here a long time. I want to approach management to ask for some kind of severance […]


Readers’ Forum: Is this company worth working for?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Every January, pundits publish their predictions for the new year. I don’t make predictions because I prefer not to be judged when I’m wrong ;-) But it’s not hard to surmise that if the economy improves this year, the employment shoe will be on the other foot. The personnel jockey who has routinely been spitting rude […]


How to Say It: I have no degree, but hire me

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Discussion: January 12, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter: A reader without a college degree wonders how to win a job where a degree is required. I have ten years of work experience, but I do not have a degree. What is the best way to answer when an interviewer asks why I do […]