Archive for August, 2010

Readers’ Forum: A matter of college degrees

Monday, August 30th, 2010

In the August 31, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I am making a career change to improve my life, and I plan to pursue a master’s degree. Any suggestions on how to proceed after I earn it? The U.S. News & World Report school rankings are out again, which reminds me that it seems to […]

Toilet paper resumes: More feels better?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

[Some bloggers cleverly carry a theme from one post to the next. I’m not into that. Honest: I wasn’t looking to flow the theme from Pissing on the applicant into today’s post. Toilet paper just kinda backed up into the system when JaneA posted a comment on Readers’ Forum: HR’s #1 job: Poisoning the well?] Businesses […]

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? […]

Readers’ Forum: HR’s #1 job: Poisoning the well?

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

In the August 24, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader says: After being tested and interviewed by the senior vice president of a local company for a senior executive assistant position, they dropped off the planet and made no contact with me. I sent an e-mail to the VP enquiring why there had been no contact and the […]

Readers’ Forum: How should I choose a new career?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

In the August 17, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: Changes in the economy and in my industry have left me jobless, and my career has become a dead end. It’s time to move on. How should I choose a new career? My problem is how to select one where I can transfer my skills. Any […]

Readers’ Forum: Why did I lose my job again?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

In today’s August 10, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I riff on a question that seems so general that it’s not worth talking about… Why do people wind up losing their jobs every few years? A reader asks: I’m  a dedicated, loyal employee, and I would do anything for my employer. Why,  then, do I lose […]

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 […]

Readers’ Forum: Capitalizing on good contacts

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

In the August 3, 2010 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks: I had a Talk to Nick call with you recently. I am following your advice to the letter, and I am building a network of contacts. I now have about 30 – 40 great contacts in my field in the city I’m targeting. I certainly am […]