Archive for the 'Getting in the door' 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 […]


Do employers haze new college grads in interviews?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

In the January 26, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about where parents fit in the career equation. Question I’m a senior at a big state university in the midwest. I have applied for many jobs and gotten a few leads, and some employers are inquiring via my LinkedIn account. The problem is that […]


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 […]


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 […]


Want a job? Threaten to start a business!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

In the October 13, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders whether rejection in the jobs marketplace suggests it’s time to start a business instead. Question My husband and I have been in the software business for ten years. Paul was a crucial part of two successful start-ups. The products he developed won awards […]


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 […]


Network, but don’t be a jerk!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

In the September 22, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we try to eliminate the jerk factor from networking. Question Everyone talks about networking as the best way to find the right job. There must be a key to this approach beyond just going to networking meetings and signing up with one of the online social […]


Please! Stop Networking!

Monday, September 14th, 2015

In the September 15, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader just doesn’t get all the fuss that’s called networking. Question I’ve been trying to find a mentor who understands networking better than I do. I just don’t get it. We are not expert in everything, and this is one area where I want to […]


Is this resume too long?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In the July 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks an age-old question. Question I’ve always abided by the standard advice to have your resume focused at one page. However, due to my eight years of experience, more than a few people (including a headhunter), are saying that a one-page resume doesn’t give […]


Branding yourself suggests you’re clueless

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In the May 26, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, readers ask about branding themselves and about self-marketing. Two brief questions this week reveal the bunk in “branding” yourself when job hunting. The fallacy in this marketing tactic is that getting a job is about you. It’s not. It’s all about the employer and the work […]