Archive for April, 2010


Job hopping: Career crack for losers

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Over at Business Insider, Mark Suster laid down a rant: Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees. A buddy of mine sent it along and said she thinks it’s entirely one-sided from the employer’s perspective. I don’t endorse everything Suster says in his posting (he says a lot), but I think he’s generally right. Any job hopper […]


Readers’ Forum: Initiative

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Discussion: April 27, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A: Last week at the Chicago Booth School of Business I gave the keynote presentation to an alliance of the top 30 Executive MBA schools in the world — including Stanford, Harvard, London School of Business, INSEAD, Duke, UCLA, Northwestern. In attendance were the career center directors […]


How to Say It: Is this a good place to work?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Discussion: April 27, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader asks How to Say It: When I’m in a job interview I figure I get very limited time to figure out whether this is a company I really want to work for. (Even if they decide to make me an offer!) So here’s what I’m trying […]


Readers’ Forum: Spanking HR

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Discussion: April 13, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter In today’s Q&A: (Well, it’s not a Q&A!) This week I printed comments about the corporate Human Resources function that bear thinking about. A seasoned HR manager says HR should get out of the business of hiring and recruiting and go back to making sure paychecks have the […]


How to Say It: Can I try again?

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Discussion: April 13, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader asks How to Say It: I was interviewed but did not get the job. I’ve heard of cases where the right kind of thank you letter has resurrected candidates and led to other jobs in the same company. The format I’ve seen goes like this: “Thank […]


How can I change careers? (audio)

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Whether you’re changing careers or changing jobs, your challenge is to make yourself stand out from your competition — and your competition might be fierce. You might be competing with people who are more experienced than you, and whose resumes look better than yours. In this short presentation (from a recent teleconference), I explain to a […]


The down side of job hunting

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

About 15 years ago, when I first started publishing Ask The Headhunter online, I met a fellow that I’ve stayed in touch with on and off. Recently we renewed our acquaintance — and I encouraged him to start a blog. He prefers to remain anonymous. He calls his blog Unemployed and Clinically Depressed in the […]


How to Say It: Got a fish? We need a fish NOW!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Discussion: April 6, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader wants to know How to Say It: One thing that really bugs me about the tech industry is this focus on Skills, as opposed to Ability to Get Said Skills. When I interview for management roles and I am asked about the types of people I […]


Readers’ Forum: One page resume?

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Discussion: April 6, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader wants to know: Are one-page resumes really “the thing?” I don’t feel I can adequately present my strengths on a one-page resume, more like two pages. Er, ah, I don’t wanna touch this one with a ten-foot pole! Well, I could suggest you not use a resume […]