Archive for July, 2011

LinkedIn’s New Button: Instantly dumber job hunting & hiring

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I don’t know who I feel more sorry for: Job hunters or employers. LinkedIn has introduced a new button that lets you instantly apply for a job — no resume, no cover letter, no effort. It’s instantly dumber for everyone concerned. (From Mashable: LinkedIn Launches Button That Lets You Apply for Jobs.) The last thing job […]

Butterflies in your interviews?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

In the July 26, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter says butterflies interfere with interviews. What can be done? I consider myself a fairly intelligent and eloquent person with strong skills in my field. Yet, when I go into an interview I turn into Elmer Fudd! I tend to make such comments as, […]

Running On Empty: TheLadders folds up its shell game

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Today TheLadders folded up its shell game and announced that it’s just another job board. Just last month, TheLadders’ announced its highly-exclusive “Signature” service: “guaranteed job offers” for “qualified” $100k+ job seekers — for $2,500. Then the “Executive Jobs” company started offering its “Premium Service” for just $15. In a press release titled “TheLadders: Now LinkedIn’s number one competitor,” TheLadders […]

I really, really want this job!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

In the July 19, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter interviews for a job and gets no call back, but really, really wants the job and is… uh… freaking out: I interviewed for job A and job B at the same company. After two interviews for job B, I was told I would be […]

Looking for a job in America: Got a flashlight?

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I couldn’t make this stuff up. A sales director with over 20 years’ experience managing sales teams pays $50 to send out 500 job applications on his behalf. The guy’s wife’s beauty salon receives the resume and calls him for an interview. He didn’t know it, but his “job hunting agent” also submitted him for jobs […]

Salary History: Can you afford to say NO?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

In the July 12, 2011 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter questions whether it’s prudent — or even possible, when forced to use an online form — to say NO to an employer that demands your salary history: I read your article “Keep Your Salary Under Wraps.” While I found it to be an […]