Archive for the 'Q&A' 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 […]


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 […]


Don’t blame women for the gender pay gap!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

In the April 12, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, the truth about equal pay rears its head. When women get paid less for doing the same jobs men do, the real reason is obvious to any forthright business person, though it seems to elude the media, the experts, and even some women themselves: Employers pay […]


The mark of a promotable employee

Monday, April 4th, 2016

In the April 5, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a manager wants to know how to assess an employee for a promotion. Question I manage a small team, but I’m pretty new to management. Now that it’s time to promote someone, I’m not happy with the criteria my HR department has given me to justify […]


Who comes first, my boss or my company?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

In the March 29, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader goes up against her boss and wonders how to stay out of trouble. Question My boss just told us that it’s mandatory for us to join a closed LinkedIn group, on which she will give us work assignments — for instance, shared reviews of […]


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 […]


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 […]