Archive for January, 2012

How much should I say about getting fired?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In the January 31, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks what to say in a job interview — if he got fired previously for doing something wrong: I was fired for a minor policy violation. How much should I tell prospective employers about it? Everyone I’ve spoken to has agreed that my indiscretion did […]

Resumes: Job hunting suicide

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports that you’re screwed if you’re looking for a job, in Your Resume vs. Oblivion. A guy at IBM who sells the systems employers use to process incoming resumes says that 90% or more of employers use sophsticated technology (“which can cost from $5,000 to millions of dollars”) to scan resumes. So […]

TheLadders’ Marc Cenedella: A dirtbag with money running for office

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Who would have thought? This isn’t even worth commenting on: Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs from The New York Times. It seems TheLadders CEO Marc Cenedella is getting ready to run for U.S. Senate on a Republican ticket. My favorite parts: “Until recently, a Web site,, […]

Playing With Headhunters

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In the January 24, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader gets calls from two different headhunters — who want to “submit” him for what seems to be the same job. How many headhunters should he work with? A headhunter called yesterday about an interesting position. She is not ready to reveal her client until […]

Recruitomatic & The Social Jerk (Or: Why you hate recruiters)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

This week we started a “pound Nick with questions” thread — and you’ve been pounding! Great questions and topics — and pointed insights. A recurring theme on that thread is recruiters — the inept, the inane, the ones who waste your time, and the ones who leave you frustrated and angry. (There are good recruiters out there, […]

Open Mic: What’s your problem?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Special Edition I periodically do webinars and teleconferences for professionals, where I make a brief presentation — then we have an “open microphone.” Anyone may ask any question about job hunting or hiring, and I do my best to provide useful advice on the spot. I love doing such events because I don’t have to […]

Get Hired: No resume, no interview, no joke

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In the January 10, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a long-time reader ruminates about how stupid the recruiting and hiring process seems to have become. Employers aren’t really looking for talent — they’re shopping for mediocrity, using lists of keywords: I’m a career changer and I’m finding it very hard to get past the recruiting agency […]