Archive for September, 2010


Coprophagia at BNET

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Has Penelope Trunk finally suffered a psychotic break on the pages of BNET? “You don’t need time to job-hunt.” Or did her editor? “Job-hunting does not take all day… It’s too hard. So a bad job does not interfere with a good job hunt.” Why Hunting for a Great Job Will Hurt Your Career is […]


Executive MBA’s: Do these lion cubs hunt?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A major university asked me to submit a proposal. The school is interested in hiring “a career placement professional” to “bring jobs to the table” for its newly-minted Executive MBAs (EMBAs). The school “has career placement but it does not meet the needs of the EMBA program.” The school also has “career coaches,” but it […]


Readers’ Forum: Where can I find good small companies to work for?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In the September 28, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I’m interested in working for a smaller local company. The real challenge seems to be finding that small company. How should I proceed? Here’s the short version of my reply. (You’ve got to subscribe to the weekly newsletter to get the whole story!) There are a lot […]


Why you should offer job applicants more money

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In the last post, The Ethics of Juggling Job Offers, we talked about accepting a job offer, then rescinding the acceptance if a better deal comes along shortly thereafter (or even before you start the first job). The discussion was from the candidate side. It begs the question, What can an employer do to avoid […]


Readers’ Forum: The ethics of juggling job offers

Monday, September 20th, 2010

In the September 21, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I am in this dilemma and read your article about Juggling Job Offers. Yours is the only one that says to accept the first job offer, and when the second job (which would be a better offer and more suitable) presents itself, then retract acceptance of […]


Readers’ Forum: How to get the hiring manager’s attention

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In the September 14, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I know that a local company has new positions in the works, but I can’t get anyone to talk to me. The personnel office doesn’t return calls and I don’t know how to reach the manager. Is my only alternative to send a resume and hope […]


College: POP! goes the conventional wisdom

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

“The people running America’s colleges and universities have long thought they were exempt from the laws of supply and demand and unaffected by the business cycle. Turns out that’s wrong.” Some might suggest this quote from National Review Online is politically motivated. The real problem is, Bill Barone’s article, The Higher Education Bubble, is chock full […]


REJECT! How HR engineered its own funeral

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

We’ve been talking about the goofy behavior of HR departments in your favorite companies, and its counterproductive consequences. This topic seems to expand the more we talk about it. In a recent thread reader Nic raises a fundamental question and puts a sharp point on the stick: What I see taking place in these idiotic HR departments, […]