Archive for January, 2011


Readers’ Comments: Should you stay? How to decide.

Monday, January 31st, 2011

In the February 1, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is pretty happy at work, and wonders about sticking around: I have been with the same company since college graduation: nine years. The company was a small start-up and has grown to become profitable. It provides average benefits with somewhat below-average salary. I have had opportunities […]


Did you get a free resume critique from a resume company recently?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I’ve written before about “professional resume writing firms” that offer “free critiques” of people’s resumes. It’s obviously a teaser, to get you to use their services. Nothing wrong with that — especially if you get some useful input about your resume from a good resume writer. I’m doing some research on the resume business, and […]


Readers’ Comments: How to negotiate with a headhunter

Monday, January 24th, 2011

In the January 18, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader gets a job offer through a headhunter, and asks how to negotiate for a higher salary: I got an offer today! The headhunter called me with the offer, and I told him I’d think about it and get back with him. I’d like to ask for $5k […]


Work for free, or no interview for you!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

One of my favorite job-advice pundits is The Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas, who calls ‘em as she sees ‘em. In her current post, Job Interview or Bake-Off?, she deals with the subject of employers who tease job hunters with interviews… if only they will do some free work first. Say what? It happens more […]


TheLadders’ Marc Cenedella: Burying the pig

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Not content to promise more than he can deliver, and still happy to charge money for nothing (that you can’t get elsewhere for free), TheLadders’ CEO Marc Cenedella conducts an inspection of his members with his latest missive: “So my colleagues here at TheLadders and I want to make your job search strategy as attractive […]


Readers’ Comments: How can you fight bad references?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

We discuss references here periodically — most recently, in We don’t need no stinking references. While many companies dismiss references as an afterthought, and job hunters think they can get by without them, I believe references are the coin of the realm. Employers shouldn’t hire anyone without checking them (though by “checking them,” I don’t mean […]


Whorin’ around with TheLadders

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

For a while it seemed TheLadders had gotten down off its lame horse, and stopped claiming it offers “ONLY $100k+ jobs.” (If you believe TheLadders really has only $100k+ jobs in its little database, have a look at what its members disclose about their experiences.) Indeed, the “ONLY” has been missing on its home page […]


Readers’ Forum: Headhunters & Job Hunters: The insanity continues

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In the January 11, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, two readers raise related questions about headhunters and job hunters. (My short version of their questions is, Are these people insane?) But take a look for yourself: Reader #1 asks: I found the article, How to Judge Headhunters, to be one of the best I’ve seen a some […]