Archive for November, 2012


Dissecting the elevator pitch

Monday, November 26th, 2012

In the November 27, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a writer asks for a job at Ask The Headhunter: Hi Nick, [1] I’m going to cut to the chase: I want to write for “Ask The Headhunter”! [2] My name is Melanie and I’m a former educator turned researcher/blogger. [3] I stumbled upon your blog […]


Jumping Employment Gaps (Thanksgiving Replay)

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Due to the short Thanksgiving week (I’ve got turkeys to roast), this week’s newsletter Q&A is a replay from last year. Hope you enjoy it! In the November 22, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a successful executive who took time off then worked as a consultant says headhunters won’t touch him. What’s up? I was […]


Manufacturing a Talent Shortage: How companies conspire not to hire you

Monday, November 19th, 2012

So American companies say there’s a skills and talent shortage, and they can’t find workers qualified to do the job? And technology companies, in particular, complain the loudest? According to a Computerworld report, it’s easy to see why. Some companies seem to be conspiring to block recruiting and hiring altogether: “The U.S. Department of Justice has […]


Webinar: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Today I did a webinar for about 300 alumni of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University: Do Online Job Applications Keep Americans Unemployed? (Or, How can you beat this goofy system?) As usual, following some brief ranting by me (about automated recruiting), it was an Ask The Headhunter Q&A event — and we […]


Yada, Yada, Yada: Desperate hiring

Monday, November 12th, 2012

In the November 13, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a hiring manager asks how to distinguish acting from honest interviewing: Hiring great people is a noble goal but it raises two challenges: how to attract candidates with those rare, valuable qualities into your pipeline, and how to identify them in the interviewing process when everyone […]


You can’t get a job because employers hire the wrong way

Monday, November 5th, 2012

In the November 6, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a hiring manager bemoans how people spam him with applications: I’m a manager for whom hiring does not come easily. I’m selective. If you’re just “looking for a job” and spamming your resumes to all job postings, then it’s no wonder that employers don’t spend any […]