Archive for the 'Stuff I worry about' 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 […]

Lee Hecht Harrison: A failure of integrity in the HR world

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

In the November 3, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we try to get to the root of why employers routinely abuse job applicants. Ever wonder where HR departments learn to mistreat and abuse you when you apply for jobs, then disappear behind a veil of impersonal doubletalk and officious sanctimony? The answer lies in who […]

Is this the worst job ad ever?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

In the August 18, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader almost blows it. Question A friend of mine is seeking a job as an Event Planner. He did this for IBM for several years. He came upon this job description for an Event Manager — if it is indeed a real job! Check out the […]

Branding yourself suggests you’re clueless

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In the May 26, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, readers ask about branding themselves and about self-marketing. Two brief questions this week reveal the bunk in “branding” yourself when job hunting. The fallacy in this marketing tactic is that getting a job is about you. It’s not. It’s all about the employer and the work […]

Spamming To Fill Jobs: Idiots peeing on telephone poles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the May 19, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we discuss the e-mail habits of certain job seekers and recruiters. What a mess. I couldn’t make this stuff up Lately I’ve been railing against institutional failures in the job hunting and hiring process — job boards, HR departments, and vendors of automated recruiting stupidity. But […]

Reductionist Recruiting: A short history of why you can’t get hired

Monday, May 11th, 2015

In the May 12, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I launch a rant about runaway technology in the world of employment. I mean, it’s way past stupid and counter-productive. It’s dangerous! Or, Why LinkedIn gets paid even when jobs don’t get filled If you’re going to recruit and hire people for your business, or if […]

A headhunter locked me out of jobs for 6 months

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In the April 14, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says getting referred for a job by a headhunter cost him the job — because the employer didn’t want to pay the fee. Question I applied for a job on at a medical facility. A person called representing herself as working for the […]

Dissed By HR: Can you top this?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

In the April 7, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader hears a tired, old story from an HR manager. How much bad HR behavior will job seekers and employers put up with? Job hunters say the darndest things — things that sometimes cost them interviews or job offers. But job hunters don’t represent entire […]

LinkedIn Users Sucker-Punched by Wrong References

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

In the November 11, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we examine yet another questionable LinkedIn “feature” that could cost you a job. Question The New York Times just did a story about a group of people suing LinkedIn for selling possibly invalid references to employers. Now LinkedIn has gone too far. This is causing employers […]

The Game: Are you as dumb as HR?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pssst! Want a job? You might have to relocate to… Anonymous Proxy, Ohio (???)… Read on to learn how! In The Bogus-ness of we discussed phony success metrics published by “the world’s #1 job site.” The point of that column is that Indeed implies it fills lots of jobs and finds jobs for lots […]