Archive for the 'Salary' 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Naive young grad blows it

Monday, August 24th, 2015

In the August 25, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a new grad ignores the line between life and job. Question I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a situation and need your advice. I’m taking my boss to a distant, major resort because my parents have a place there and I foolishly offered it up […]