Archive for the 'Stupid HR Tricks' 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 […]


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 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 […]


Do employers haze new college grads in interviews?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

In the January 26, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we talk about where parents fit in the career equation. Question I’m a senior at a big state university in the midwest. I have applied for many jobs and gotten a few leads, and some employers are inquiring via my LinkedIn account. The problem is that […]


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 […]


Career Scams Update: TheLadders, LinkedIn, Lee Hecht Harrison & More

Monday, October 19th, 2015

In the October 20, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we get updates on career scams from the past and present. They never seem to go away, thanks to gullible job hunters and naive HR managers that keep funding these scoundrels. It’s not your imagination Scams are endemic in the career industry. The formula is simple: […]


Lee Hecht Harrison rips off Ask The Headhunter

Monday, October 19th, 2015

What does an expensive, big-name corporate outplacement firm like Lee Hecht Harrison deliver to its clients and “alumni” for the big bucks they pay? Ripped-off Ask The Headhunter articles. Michael Schumacher, Senior Vice President at Lee Hecht Harrison, published an article under his name, titled “Sure Thing?? Hardly!!!”, three months ago. You can click the […]


How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In the June 23, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, Nick responds to readers who want to know what he thinks of a Time magazine cover story about employers that use “XQ” to assess job applicants. Your XQ: More HR B.S.? Readers have been peppering me with questions, asking my reaction to a recent Time cover […]