Archive for February, 2010


How to Say It: What’s the point of an interview?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Discussion: February 23, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter a reader takes an interview with a company that wants to “meet and talk in general,” with no indication there’s a specific opportunity on deck. No problem, I say to the reader. It’s good to meet new people. But when the company brings you back for […]


Readers’ Forum: What’s with the goofy tests?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Discussion: February 23, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter, a reader asks for advice: What’s with the psychological multiple-choice questions in job applications? What are they looking for and what do I do when I don’t “test well” with these kinds of questions? I’m a great employee, but these tests mess with my brain! […]


Colleges fail How

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

What do your kids learn in college? Lots of people ask the question only when they see the tab for higher education. It’s a good question. A better question is, do they learn How? I’m a big believer in education for its own sake. Anything you learn is something that might “grow you,” and it […]


TheLadders: Would DaVinci buy a resume from Marc Cenedella?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

When is TheLadders’ CEO Marc Cenedella gonna give it up? This latter-day P.T. Barnum knows no shame. On January 21, 2010 I posted How to apply for a job: The Working Resume, highlighting a job application Leonardo DaVinci sent to the Duke of Milan. (DaVinci’s letter was brought to my attention by reader Phil Hey.) I […]


Readers’ Forum: Better to be unemployed when job hunting?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Discussion: February 9, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A column a reader wonders whether it’s better to be unemployed and job hunting full time, or to explain why he’s underemployed and jumping ship so quickly for the job he really wants. Do managers care? Does it make a difference? I outline three different risks in […]


How to Say It: My degree beats your certification!

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Discussion: February 9, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s edition a reader says, “My degree beats your certification!” Why are firms so ignorant of one’s university degrees and instead treat certifications like CPA with much more respect? To complete a degree takes quite a bit of effort. (Try to take MBA school in four exams […]


The Preemptive Reference

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Sometimes an idea gets a point on it when there’s a story to tell… Chris Walker is an “ATH Regular” from Ohio. He is a Training and Placement Specialist at the Senior Employment Center in Akron. That means Chris helps seniors find jobs. He just sent me this note, which made my day: Nick, One of […]


What do your job interviews sound like?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I’ve spent years sharing advice about job interviews. My main advice is to walk into a job interview prepared to stand and deliver: Show the employer how you will do the work profitably so the employer will want to hire you. But sometimes I forget that that’s the substance of a good interview. A good […]


How to Say It: You want me to start WHEN?

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Discussion: February 2, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s edition a reader asks how to deal with a job offer that has a three-month starting delay. The candidate is interested in the job but cannot start work immediately. But there are risks in accepting the offer today — what if a better deal comes up […]


Readers’ Forum: When to tell all

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Discussion: February 2, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader asks for advice: After several years of being a single mother I am now looking for work. However, due to family obligations I do not wish to work full time; ideally 20-30 hours per week. I have successfully found work using your approach in the past […]