Archive for the 'Hiring' Category


Does your company have clean underwear?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

In the April 26, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a hiring manager lectures employers about the importance of no-thank-you notes — and about respecting job candidates. Question I like your suggestions about thank-you notes. However, I want to talk about no-thank-you notes. I recently got a very nice thank-you note from an applicant to whom […]


The Bad-Business Job Offer: Negotiating not allowed!

Monday, March 21st, 2016

In the March 22, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wastes time with an employer who doesn’t negotiate. Question I received a job offer for $80,000, which is low for what my position gets in my industry. I responded that I’m excited about joining the team, and I counter-offered for $85,000, outlining what my […]


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 […]


Lee Hecht Harrison: A failure of integrity in the HR world

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

In the November 3, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we try to get to the root of why employers routinely abuse job applicants. Ever wonder where HR departments learn to mistreat and abuse you when you apply for jobs, then disappear behind a veil of impersonal doubletalk and officious sanctimony? The answer lies in who […]


Is this the worst job ad ever?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

In the August 18, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader almost blows it. Question A friend of mine is seeking a job as an Event Planner. He did this for IBM for several years. He came upon this job description for an Event Manager — if it is indeed a real job! Check out the […]


How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In the June 23, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick responds to readers who want to know what he thinks of a Time magazine cover story about employers that use “XQ” to assess job applicants. Your XQ: More HR B.S.? Readers have been peppering me with questions, asking my reaction to a recent Time cover […]


Talent Crisis: Managers who don’t recruit

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In the June 2, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wonders what the problem is with employers. They really can’t find the hires they need?? Question Why do companies seem to have such a hard time finding the people they say they need — the “talent?” I apply for jobs that I know I’m […]


Spamming To Fill Jobs: Idiots peeing on telephone poles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the May 19, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss the e-mail habits of certain job seekers and recruiters. What a mess. I couldn’t make this stuff up Lately I’ve been railing against institutional failures in the job hunting and hiring process — job boards, HR departments, and vendors of automated recruiting stupidity. But […]


Reductionist Recruiting: A short history of why you can’t get hired

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In the May 12, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I launch a rant about runaway technology in the world of employment. I mean, it’s way past stupid and counter-productive. It’s dangerous! Or, Why LinkedIn gets paid even when jobs don’t get filled If you’re going to recruit and hire people for your business, or if […]


Reddit’s Ellen Pao: Your pay is what I say

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao sounds like an HR manager whose goal is to save salary dollars: If you interview with her, you’re not allowed to ask for more money than she offers you. See Reddit CEO Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations. Well, I’ve got a simple answer to that: I’ll go interview somewhere else, where […]