Archive for August, 2008

Learn to drive your parachute

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Last weekend I had dinner with Dick Bolles, whose What Color is Your Parachute has now sold 10 million copies and is in its 39th edition. (Hey, I can dream.) It is correctly referred to as “the job hunter’s bible” — and not just because Dick was an Episcopal priest when he first self-published edition #1. Dick […]

People are our most important asset!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Every day, somewhere in America, the chairman of a corporation stands in front of the stockholders, pounds his or her fist on the podium, and proclaims, “People are our most important asset!” Meanwhile, back at the Human Resources office, a personnel jockey is shoving resumes through a key-word scanner like so many soup cans at the […]

Aim, aim, aim, shoot foot

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

In the August 5 edition of the Ask The Headhunter newsletter, “How can I push the hiring decision?” (sorry, it’s not online; you’ve gotta subscribe), I advised a reader that you can’t push companies to wrap up the hiring process (translation: make you an offer) because sometimes they just don’t want to. Andy Lester, who […]

Headhunters: Novices, wannabes & clueless franchisees

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The headhunting business has never been an easy gig. Finding and (usually) stealing good talent for your clients is a challenge and a half. The best headhunters are those who know how to grasp what a client company needs. In other words, who is it you’re out there trying to recruit? If you don’t know, […]

Getting fitted for a resume that walks the talk

Monday, August 11th, 2008

When you pay to have your resume written, what are you buying? Just a resume? No, I think you’re buying a suit of clothes that shows off your form to best advantage and makes you look good when you’re walking the talk. Are you buying off the rack, or getting custom fitted so you’ll look your very […]


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

You’ve heard enough out of me about why you should toss your resume in the trash and get your next job by actually talking to people who can hire you. A resume is a dumb piece of paper. It cannot “sell” you, or be your “marketing piece” or defend you when a manager sees something on it […]

Baiting the talent

Friday, August 1st, 2008

So a guy chases a woman around the world because he wants to marry her. Invests in air fares, cab rides, hotels, maybe even private investigators to find her. Then, when he catches up to her, he asks for her medical records, inquires about her religious affiliation, and wants to know, does she snore? Makes perfect sense, because […]