Archive for the 'Q&A' Category

The Training Gap: How employers lose their competitive edge

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

In the November 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader questions the lunacy of the training gap. Question I am responding to your question asking whether or not we, your readers, agree with employers that there is a “skills gap.” I am not sure I can really answer your question, though I will tell […]

Get the manager’s resume before you interview for the job

Monday, November 16th, 2015

In the November 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants a resume from the employer. Question Don’t you think jobs should have “resumes?” Assuming an interview has been scheduled, should an applicant ask for a formal, printed description of the job to retain and review before a job offer is made, or only […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is it time to quit my job?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

In the October 6, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader seems to have landed in the wrong place — and wants out. Question I accepted what seemed to be a great job. Nine weeks later, the smoke and mirrors are gone and I see that I’m working for a possessive CEO who won’t trust […]

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 […]

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 […]