Archive for July, 2009

LIVE Ask The Headhunter WNYC Radio – July 30

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Whew… it’s been a rush of a few days… Wednesday at Fort Dix with 1,000 soldiers returning from Iraq… yesterday in Manhattan for the fourth Ask The Headhunter segment on New York Public Radio with Brian Lehrer. This episode was more fun than usual because we did it in the studio with a live audience — they […]

Mentors for Soldiers

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

On July 29-30 the US Army is welcoming almost 1,000 troops returning from Iraq at Fort Dix in New Jersey. They need mentors to help them back into jobs. These soldiers will start their re-entry into the work force at a special two-day Career Fair. I’m happy to be giving the keynote presentation to help put […]

How to Say It: I want more money

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Now we get to the juicy part of every job interview… the part where most job applicants blow it. Read my lips: After an employer makes you an offer, you cannot just ask for more money without explaining why more money for you is good for the company. Duh… Yet job candidates sit there and say, […]

Forum: Re-starting after bankruptcy

Monday, July 27th, 2009

In the Readers’ Forum section of this week’s Ask The Headhunter Newsletter there’s a question from a reader that fits into a category I don’t use on this blog: “There but for the grace of God go I…” Maybe I oughta add it. I went through a personal and business bankruptcy. I’m gradually getting back up on […]

LIVE Ask The Headhunter WNYC Radio – July 23

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

We’re at it again today, Thursday July 23, 10:40am ET, on WNYC public radio: LIVE Ask The Headhunter on the Brian Lehrer Show. Join us! (And save $10… ) ****UPDATE: Here’s the audio of today’s event. (How’d it go? Listener rylee from manhattan said: “I love this segment, very helpful. If you could find more experts like this […]

Q&A: Why do people pay to use job boards?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I just answered this one on LinkedIn’s Answers section. Question Why are so many “job boards” charging job seekers to look for jobs or post their resumes? Nick’s Reply The job boards serve a very important service to smart employers and smart headhunters: For a fee (paid by job hunters and paid again by employers […]

Q&A: Where should recruiters look for candidates?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

A recruiter from a consulting firm asks whether I really shun job boards, and where to find good candidates really fast… Question I caught you on NPR last week and thought you were a breath of fresh air! I am in the process of letting our CareerBuilder job posting account loose. First, because it costs […]

Q&A: No connections, no opportunities

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Question As someone who’s rather “out of the loop,” living out in the country, I don’t have social or business connections with the folks at the in-city companies for which I should be working. Is there any best method for finding and approaching the decision-makers who have the problems that I certainly can solve? Until […]

Forum: Mo’ money for contract jobs?

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This reader feels taken advantage of by the “consulting company” she works for. What’s your advice? I read your article about how to negotiate with a headhunter for a better offer. But if it’s a temp or contract job, how do you ask the agency for more money? You know how they’re short-changing you to […]

Promotion, raise, bad vibes… How to Say It

Monday, July 20th, 2009

In last week’s edition of the Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader complained about getting a promotion but only a meager raise. Her VP admitted that if an external candidate had been hired, the offer would have been higher! Readers lambasted the cold-hearted employer. Could this be handled better? Absolutely, says I.T. industry guru Bob […]