Archive for October, 2012


They promised a raise but won’t deliver

Monday, October 29th, 2012

In the October 30, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a successful manager complains a promise about higher pay hasn’t been kept: When I was hired almost two years ago as a manager, it was with the promise that if I achieved certain milestones and met the company’s expectations my compensation would increase dramatically. I’ve met […]


Pssst! Here’s where you should be recruiting top talent!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here’s an excerpt from a comment posted by Mason on another column, Get Hired: No resume, no interview, no joke: The problem is this. Employers actually LOVE this current job market. They can control costs by paying exactly what they want for a given job/position…and they have an ENORMOUS pool of willing applicants from which to choose. Some […]


Bait & Switch: Games staffing firms play

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

In the October 23, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks about bait-and-switch contracts used by “staffing” firms. A recruiter at an IT staffing firm did something that I think is very unethical. I signed a contract with the firm to perform IT duties at a company where I successfully interviewed just days […]


PBS NewsHour: The new Ask The Headhunter feature

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

When PBS NewsHour broadcast a TV segment I that I appeared in on September 25, viewers flooded us with questions about online job application forms — and about all kinds of daunting obstacles they face in the job search. I answered many of their questions in a special column on the NewsHour website. And the questions […]


What’s worse? Online job application forms or job boards?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

In the October 16, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks about those pesky automated “get a job” tools online: I’ve been reading your new columns on the PBS NewsHour website, in particular your advice about on-line job applications (the video segment) and your suggestion to approach job hunting as if you’re starting a […]


How does the Working Resume work?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

In the October 9, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter tries to figure out the Working Resume: OK. I’ve read your book and these 3 articles: How to Build Value on Your Resume Put A Free Sample in Your Resume Resume Blasphemy But I still can’t find a concrete example of what a […]


Getting in the door

Monday, October 1st, 2012

In the October 2, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks how to avoid HR and take a different route to “get in the door” at a target company: I have tried a couple of times with different companies to avoid the human resources (HR) department, without success. The first company I called, […]