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Federal Court OK’s Suit Against TheLadders: Breach of contract & deceptive practices

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

During the many years this blog has reported the questionable practices of TheLadders, angry Ladders customers who felt scammed often commented that someone should file a class action against the company. Their wishes have come true. The United States District Court, Southern District of New York, has ruled that a consumer action lawsuit may proceed […]

All recruiting campaigns suck

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The best recruiting campaign is a manager that calls you on the phone, tells you he loves your work, and invites you to lunch to talk about working together to make more money making better products. In other words, the employer isn’t scavenging. He did his homework and knows what he wants: you. That’s recruiting. […]

PoachBase: Another stupid recruiting start-up

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You can’t make this stuff up. Now your company can recruit losers, and hire recruiters who can do it more easily. Featured at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference: A pitch by a start-up calling itself PoachBase. The “company’s” tag-line: Poach talent from dying companies. The idea is to monitor other start-ups for death rattles and then […]

The First Job Interview

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In a hidden valley many thousands of years ago… “So, where do you see yourself in 50 moons’ time?”   : :

Washington Post: is no joke any more!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Gimme a break. The Washington Post reports: finally vindicated. Say what? Two reseachers, UC Santa Barbara’s Peter Kuhn and UC Denver’s Hani Mansour, asked this question in a study they conducted: Do job hunters who “use the Internet to look for work” spend less time unemployed than job hunters who don’t use the Internet? Guess […]

Pissing on the applicant

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

In a private response to HR’s #1 job: Poisoning the well?, a reader sent me this question: Is there any point in attempting to negotiate with thug companies that agree on a rate, say they’re going to extend an offer, then the offer comes in at 66% of what you thought was a done deal? […]

Stupid interview animals: No soap, RADIO!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

MediaBistro led me to the latest career advice in’s Ask Annie column: Employer’s Wacky Interview Questions. I don’t know what’s wackier: the questions, or that Annie Fisher really believes that the mission of career advisors is to come up with clever answers for them. Get this question from an Ask Annie reader: Yesterday an interviewer […]

TheLadders: Would DaVinci buy a resume from Marc Cenedella?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

When is TheLadders’ CEO Marc Cenedella gonna give it up? This latter-day P.T. Barnum knows no shame. On January 21, 2010 I posted How to apply for a job: The Working Resume, highlighting a job application Leonardo DaVinci sent to the Duke of Milan. (DaVinci’s letter was brought to my attention by reader Phil Hey.) I […]

An open question to Robert McGovern, CEO Jobfox

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Dear Robert, I just went to the Jobfox web site to send you an e-mail, but your profile page doesn’t provide an e-mail link. I wasted only about two minutes searching elsewhere on the site but gave up. Figured I’d just post a note to you here on my own blog. (You are welcome to […]

TheLadders’ Marc Cenedella makes a phone call

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Paying members of TheLadders often shoot off angry e-mails to CEO Marc Cenedella and complain he never responds. Ask The Headhunter readers sometimes send me copies of these e-mail exchanges (along with their rants about Ladders). Here’s a typical response that Ladders customers receive from customer service, when they complain that Cenedella is not replying to […]