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Employers shouldn’t keep secrets from job applicants

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In the September 23, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job seeker wants to see the facts: If I had realized some of the intricate policies of my current company, I may have thought twice before taking this job. For instance, they said you get two weeks’ vacation time. It turns out you get 80 […]

Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) – It’s ON again!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

And now for something completely different… Join me today, February 11, 2014 for a special Ask The Headhunter Reddit AMA — Ask Me Anything — at 1pm ET. Here’s the direct link to the AMA: I’m doing this in cooperation with my good buddies at PBS NewsHour, where I produce a weekly Ask The […]

Webinar: UCLA Anderson School of Management

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

This is a special posting connected to today’s webinar: Ask The Headhunter / How to Stand Out in A Competitive Job Market Anderson School of Management, UCLA January 24, 2013 (Today’s online event was limited to students and alumni of the Anderson School.) I’ll add more content here after the event — but the main […]

When should I tell my boss I’m resigning?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

In the January 15, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter asks when to give the boss notice of resignation: I have an opportunity to move from a large corporation to a established startup. I have put in seven happy years at the corporation, but the new position will be a nice change. I’m […]

Handouts: What information should employers give to job candidates prior to interviews?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

In the previous posting, Why do companies hide the benefits?, we discussed what a job applicant can do when the employer makes a job offer but refuses to disclose the benefits package until the candidate accepts the job. Gimme a break! I suggested that employers should have a prepared handout for all job applicants: Here […]

How to Say It: Will you be my customer?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Discussion: June 8, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter A reader asks How to Say It: Even before the recession, it seems like we entered an era of de-jobbing, more short-term work, freelancing and self-employment. I wonder if many of us would be better off staking ourselves through self-employment. Most job growth is in small business. I […]

How long does the headhunter control you?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I don’t normally post the weekly Ask The Headhunter newsletter online, but I got so many requests for this week’s edition that I’ve put it up: How long does the headhunter control me? An excerpt: To understand how to work effectively with headhunters, it’s important to know the differences between retained and contingency headhunters, employment […]

Over-thinking the job interview: Is it worth a Porsche?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Rules for job hunting and interviewing have become so institutionalized and complex that employers and managers make themselves look downright silly. My guess is that this is costing their companies dearly. It’s bad enough when job hunters over-think how they are going about it — but it’s sometimes scary when employers reveal how they judge people they […]

Job Board B.S. Abounds

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hey, guess what? The recession is creating a boom for “career resource sites” like HotJobs, Monster, Indeed and others. People are “flocking” to these web sites in record numbers. No kiddin’, Dick Tracy. And desperate rats will gnaw off their own legs trying to escape pain. eMarketer Digital Intelligence tells the story in a new report, […]

Forum: Should you hide your age on your resume?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The age barrier is something we’ve discussed before. Some employers look at a resume, see lengthy experience, judge the candidate as “over qualified” and toss the paper into the circular file. Dumb, dumb, dumb… but if that’s you we’re talking about, what can you do? A reader asks The Forum: Career professionals are telling older […]