Archive for the 'Q&A' Category


These industries are more likely to screw you on pay

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

In the May 24, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we dispense with the Q&A and explore some bad news about who’s hogging the profits. Yes, You’re Getting Screwed While the price of fuel has dropped and airlines and their shareholders run to the bank with higher returns, you pay more to sit in smaller airline […]


Why do job applicants insult employers?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

In the May 17, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, an employer is miffed at a good but cocky job applicant. Question We received a resume which looked very good. The applicant appeared to have all the skills we are looking for, and would have gone straight to the top of the list, but the resume […]


New grad gets railroaded out of first job

Monday, May 9th, 2016

In the May 10, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a new grad becomes the fall guy for HR. Question I am a new college graduate (male), with only three months’ work experience. This is (was) my very first job. I am working through a temp agency that has me on its payroll. I’ve been given […]


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 […]


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 […]