Archive for July, 2010


Readers’ Forum: Why interview when there’s no job?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

In the July 27, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: Rather than chase job listings, I took your advice and picked three companies I really want to work for. This is fun, because I work harder when I am totally focused. I did extensive research, identified the right managers, and arranged introductions. What if they don’t […]


OMG! They found out about my air baths!!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Reader Steve Amoia shared a Wall Street Journal article by Elizabeth Garone that might terrify you: Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make. (Does this mean that if you’re not an online job hunter, you’ve got nothing to worry about?) Steve writes: I’m curious about something: “Assume your future boss is reading everything you share online,” she […]


Stanford’s top engineer: Our K-12 problem is serious

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Over a year ago, I discussed the abject failure of American K-12 schools to teach kids how to be technology creators rather than just consumers. My plea to schools: Gimme a break! Stop giving students iPods and just teaching them how to use computers — when we should be teaching them how to program, design circuits and […]


Readers’ Forum: How to get to the hiring manager

Monday, July 19th, 2010

In the July 20, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: You have said that the key to a successful job search is to contact the person you would work for within an organization, and to show how you can help out. How can I find the manager who has the problems I’ll be able to solve? […]


Readers’ Forum: I need a headhunter who will market me!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

 A reader asks: I realize that headhunters work for the employer, but my past experience has been that a good one will pick up an individual with good qualifications and do some marketing to achieve a match. They don’t seem to work this way any more. How can I find a headhunter who will really […]


Why HR?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Uh-uh, Bill Taylor. I just read Why We (Shouldn’t) Hate HR on FastCompany.com. I wish Bill (one of the brilliant founders of FastCompany magazine) hadn’t questioned the intent and meaning of Keith Hammond’s original 2005 article, Why We Hate HR. If anything, it’s more valid today than it was 5 years ago because today budgets are tighter […]