Archive for the 'Job Search' 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Will employers explode if you squeeze them for interview feedback?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

In the March 8, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks how to make failed interviews pay off. Question I had a good interview, or so I thought. The manager complimented me on our discussion, and I could tell she was impressed, but I guess I just wasn’t the right fit. I know everyone […]


4 You’re-Kidding-Me Questions & Snappy Answers

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Today (March 1) we’re joined by some special guests! A big welcome to IT professionals from Microsoft’s TechNet Virtual Conference 2016, where I’m doing a presentation titled “Top Tips From A Headhunter” to help IT folks deal with career crises. For those new to Ask The Headhunter, I invite you to check out Ask The […]


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 […]


Can I play one employer against another to get a better job offer?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

In the February 9, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks whether it’s okay to threaten one employer with a job offer from another employer. Question I’m a recruiter and I want to address what happens when people are interviewing with multiple employers. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting an employer know […]


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 […]