Archive for the 'Success at Work' Category


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 […]


No resume, no job posting, no application, no interview: Microsoft Video Edition

Monday, March 14th, 2016

In the March 15, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we do something completely different. We take a video approach to “the mountain” that stands between you and your next job. Surviving the new economics of work Microsoft recently asked me to talk for 20 minutes to thousands of IT (information technology) professionals whose jobs are […]


The ATH Field Guide: Overcome resume gaps to land a job

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

In the February 23, 2016 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader is ready to chuck it all to save his sanity. Should he? Question I’ve been a project manager running million dollar software projects for 15 years. However, I’m sick of the stress, never-ending deadlines, and frantic pace of technology. I’m 41 and I can’t […]


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. […]


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 […]


Get the manager’s resume before you interview for the job

Monday, November 16th, 2015

In the November 17, 2015 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants a resume from the employer. Question Don’t you think jobs should have “resumes?” Assuming an interview has been scheduled, should an applicant ask for a formal, printed description of the job to retain and review before a job offer is made, or only […]


How to engineer your personal network

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We’ve been talking about networking. (See Please! Stop Networking! and Network, but don’t be a jerk!) I know the idea of talking to strangers puts many of you off. Some of my readers on PBS NewsHour (see the comments section on that linked page) have even suggested networking is unethical, a form of nepotism, and […]


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 […]