Archive for the 'Changing jobs' Category


What’s the secret to the thank-you note?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

In the February 2, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks about adding value after a job interview. Question Your newsletter has been an education for me. First as an employer, now as an applicant seeking to move on. But, there’s one topic you haven’t mentioned: the thank-you, or follow-up letter. When should it […]


Protect yourself from exploding job offers

Monday, January 18th, 2016

I don’t know where they’re all coming from: bogus job offers extended by employers, then withdrawn after the job applicant has relied on the offer and quit their old job. In the January 19, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is smart enough to ask how to avoid being left without a job at […]


References: How employers bungle a competitive edge

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In the December 8, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader gets down on reference checking. Question I’ve come to the conclusion that asking for references is about the dumbest thing a company can do in the hiring process. First, I believe that any prior employer is only obligated to give the dates you worked […]


You’re The Headhunter!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

In the December 1, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, you are in control! Step right up… Every week, I answer your questions in the Ask The Headhunter e-mail newsletter, and then we adjourn here, where we discuss and hash out the issues and options behind the Q&A. I like to tell people that the advice, […]


600 Editions: The Best of Ask The Headhunter!

Monday, November 9th, 2015

In the November 10, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we look at the best of 600 editions! Question I’ve been reading your Ask The Headhunter newsletter for a long time. Before that, I remember your forum on The Motley Fool going back into the 1990s! I have no idea how many questions you’ve answered in […]


Is it time to quit my job?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

In the October 6, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader seems to have landed in the wrong place — and wants out. Question I accepted what seemed to be a great job. Nine weeks later, the smoke and mirrors are gone and I see that I’m working for a possessive CEO who won’t trust […]


How to engineer your personal network

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We’ve been talking about networking. (See Please! Stop Networking! and Network, but don’t be a jerk!) I know the idea of talking to strangers puts many of you off. Some of my readers on PBS NewsHour (see the comments section on that linked page) have even suggested networking is unethical, a form of nepotism, and […]


The Job-Offer Sucker Punch

Monday, August 31st, 2015

In the September 1, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader trusts a recruiter and winds up regretting it. Question I was hired as an executive assistant at a very large, global company. The recruiter (who worked for the company) assured me that the benefits were very good, “comparable to any big company,” and insisted […]


Naive young grad blows it

Monday, August 24th, 2015

In the August 25, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a new grad ignores the line between life and job. Question I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a situation and need your advice. I’m taking my boss to a distant, major resort because my parents have a place there and I foolishly offered it up […]


Should I ask for a raise one more time?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In the July 28, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader has been waiting eight years for a raise while doing loads more work. Question I’m a gigantic fan who recommends Ask The Headhunter to everyone I meet. So thank you. I have a question, and if it doesn’t work for the newsletter, then I’d […]