Archive for the 'Changing jobs' Category


The Intimidated Job Applicant: Pay me whatever you like!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

In the May 3, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a wishful job seeker tries pandering to employers. Question I was reading your advice about when to bring up money in a job interview. The advice from outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas here in Chicago is to never bring up compensation until an offer is […]


How to launch a seemingly impossible career change

Monday, April 18th, 2016

In the April 19, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to get in the door for a seemingly impossible job change. Question I want to make a big career change into medical device sales, but it’s going to be tricky. My experience is in teaching, primarily English as a second language. I […]


No resume, no job posting, no application, no interview: Microsoft Video Edition

Monday, March 14th, 2016

In the March 15, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we do something completely different. We take a video approach to “the mountain” that stands between you and your next job. Surviving the new economics of work Microsoft recently asked me to talk for 20 minutes to thousands of IT (information technology) professionals whose jobs are […]


The ATH Field Guide: Overcome resume gaps to land a job

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

In the February 23, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is ready to chuck it all to save his sanity. Should he? Question I’ve been a project manager running million dollar software projects for 15 years. However, I’m sick of the stress, never-ending deadlines, and frantic pace of technology. I’m 41 and I can’t […]


Protect Your Job: Don’t give notice when accepting a new job

Monday, February 15th, 2016

In the February 16, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader talks about breaking the “rules.” Good. Question There is a good chance that this spring I will score the federal job I’ve wanted for years. I finally have someone pulling for me on the inside and HR is waiting to pull my application as […]


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 […]