Archive for the 'How to Say It' Category


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I don’t know where they’re all coming from: bogus job offers extended by employers, then withdrawn after the job applicant has relied on the offer and quit their old job.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 […]


Should I let my millennial kid make a huge career mistake?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

In the January 11, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about where parents fit in the career equation. Question My twenty-something daughter has worked here in the U.S. for three years in her first job out of college as a content manager for a website that focuses on business and culture on another continent. […]


Ask this question before you agree to an interview

Monday, December 14th, 2015

In the December 15, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains that employers hide the money. Question On an almost weekly basis, headhunters ping me about technical jobs they want to fill, but they won’t tell me what a job will pay. Then we get down to the brass tacks, and rarely do any […]


Only naive wusses are afraid to bring up money

Monday, October 26th, 2015

In the October 27, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is living in la-la land. Question I recently had three great interviews with an organization that I would be proud to work for. Afterwards they asked me for samples of my work and references, but they never brought up salary. I asked them if […]


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 […]


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 […]


The ONLY way to ask for a higher job offer

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

In the August 4, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants more money. Question How should I request a better offer than the one that was made? By phone? By e-mail? By regular mail? Do you ask the HR person, since that is who handles the offer letter in the first place? How does […]


2 Rules About Working for Start-Ups

Monday, July 20th, 2015

In the July 21, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is in a pickle — er, start-up — without a salary, and without protection on the upside or the downside. Question Your advice in the newsletters is brilliant. However, I haven’t seen you say much about start-ups. I’m in my 50s and enjoy the […]


How to deal with a micro-manager

Monday, May 4th, 2015

In the May 5, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a happy employee becomes unhappy when the new boss gets overbearing. Question After four months of working very independently and successfully in my current position, reporting directly to a manager who loves my work (as does the senior manager), they have decided that all of us […]


Why & how you should give employers an ultimatum

Monday, April 20th, 2015

In the April 21, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader meets an employer who is losing the best job candidates to the competition because he uses interviews to reject applicants — not to hire them. This week’s story is long, but it puts a sharp focus on the trouble with employers these days. It […]