Archive for the 'Stupid HR Tricks' 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reddit’s Ellen Pao: Your pay is what I say

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao sounds like an HR manager whose goal is to save salary dollars: If you interview with her, you’re not allowed to ask for more money than she offers you. See Reddit CEO Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations. Well, I’ve got a simple answer to that: I’ll go interview somewhere else, where […]

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 […]

Say NO to tests prior to an interview

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

In the March 24, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complains about investing time in employment tests before the employer invests time in an interview. Question I applied for a Senior Director position with a large healthcare software company. I was “selected” by HR to begin the recruitment process, which starts with “assessment tests” […]

Bait & Switch Job Offers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

In the January 20, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker interviews for a senior job only to receive a silly offer for a lower level job. Question I have not been on the job market since 2007, and after a layoff early October 2014 I am fighting my way through this job market. […]