Archive for October, 2010


We don’t need no stinking references…

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

So, why do employers ask for references, then never bother to contact them? Guess they don’t really need no stinking references, eh? A reader asks: I found a job listing on Craigslist that interested me. I did some homework and liked what I found out about the company, and I sent my resume and cover […]


We pay bonuses for showing up!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

A reader sent this along today: In an interview the other day, I asked about performance measurement and review.  The HR rep said salary (increases) is not for rewarding good performance.  Is this standard HR thinking? How and why? Not everyone in HR deserves to get tarred with this story. But HR just amazes me. A […]


Readers’ Forum: Just 2 weeks off? Are you nuts???

Monday, October 25th, 2010

In the October 26, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: One thing that has kept me from seeking other employment is that I don’t want to lose the four weeks of vacation time I’ve built up. Are vacation benefits negotiable? Everything is negotiable, but not every negotiation is winnable… The position many companies take has never […]


Readers’ Forum: How I got the job – Talking shop!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The October 19, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter is a special edition. A reader shares his story, about how he talked shop to meet the people who led him to the manager who hired him: Nick, I got the job! Finally, I will be moving to [new city] for a great job. I still don’t believe what I was […]


Now THIS is a job description

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I still think the best way to find great people to hire is to go where they hang out and talk to them. But if you’re gonna post something online to tell people about your organization and to get them interested… Joey deVilla over at Microsoft Canada has a good idea. Just tell people about […]


The Nobel Prize for Jobs: The artifacts of Duh-oyyyy!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

This week three men shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Science. Here’s the problem they’ve been working on for decades: The researchers spent decades trying to understand why it takes so long for people to find jobs, even in good economic times, and why so many people can be unemployed even when many jobs […]


Readers’ Forum: Don’t provide references, LAUNCH them

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In the October 12, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I have two questions about references. First, I would like to use my current boss and co-workers as references. What’s your advice about that? Second, some companies actually expect references from a current boss. Do I have to provide these? Here’s the short version of my […]