Archive for March, 2010


TheLadders: Scam, complaints, rip off

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Toby Dayton is a very smart guy. He did something that I really wish I had thought of, but I don’t have the Google brain he does… Toby has done us all a favor and boiled down TheLadders’ reputation to its essence. And it’s so simple I wanna cry because I never thought of it. Toby […]


Readers’ Forum: Your favorite scams

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Discussion: March 23, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter Between my recent segment on N.Y. Public Radio and today’s Q&A, that makes this The Scam Edition! In today’s Q&A: A reader gets scammed into an interview and out of a “job.” My son interviewed with a sales company. There were six applicants all interviewed at the same […]


How to Say It: Getting severance

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Discussion: March 23, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader’s challenge: My company is going to lay off some people. If I’m in the group, I’d like to ask for severance pay. How should I say it? Okay, folks — how would you ask for money on your way out the door? But let’s make this […]


Job-board Scams: WNYC Public Radio

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 I talked with New York Public Radio (WNYC 93.9FM) host Brian Lehrer about bogus and misleading job advertisements. Brian has been following a group of his listeners as they try to land new jobs — and in this segment we discuss some of the scams they have encountered. This audio clip (12:41 minutes) […]


Readers’ Forum: Headhunters who get it (Are there any?)

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Discussion: March 8, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A (What? You don’t get the newsletter? So you don’t know the story? Sign up now — don’t miss the next one!) a reader complains about headhunters who can’t get past the gaps in his resume. They don’t see how he can help their clients. As […]


How to Say It: The evidence is confidential

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Discussion: March 16, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter a reader says: I work as a design engineer in an industry where projects are typically confidential. However, prospective employers frequently ask to see a portfolio. I am comfortable showing one in person, where I can control its dissemination, but do not want to e-mail or […]


Readers’ Forum: Dropping a dime on the bad guys

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Discussion: March 8, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter From a reader: I was let go suddenly from a very small business after only one month, despite being told I was doing a fantastic job. (They had me doing three jobs: office manager, paralegal and client intake.) To make a long story short, this two-attorney firm has […]


How to Say It: Shaking hands

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Discussion: March 9, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s newsletter a reader says: I have a medical condition (since birth) that has no effect on my work: my hands tremble a little or moderately. It’s called “benign essential tremor.” It is not Parkinson’s or anything like it. I worry that it scares off employers when I […]


Bloomberg: Profit-based job hunting & hiring

Friday, March 5th, 2010

From Bloomberg TV,  March 5, 2010: Nick talks about “the jobs numbers” and shifting hiring trends with news anchors Lori Rothman and Mark Crumpton. .


6 scenarios about making more money

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

On my earlier posting (How to Make More Money), reader Svetla posed a comment with a list of six challenges that she believes prevent her from making more money at her job. After describing an abominable skinflint of a boss, she asks how she might justify a raise in the following situations. It’s a thought-provoking question that deserves a […]