Archive for August, 2012

Summer Slam: Monster, options, skirt protocol & resumes

Monday, August 27th, 2012

In the August 28, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter we do the Summer Slam — “Speed Q&A” about:’s and CareerBuilder’s paltry success rates Employers that toy with job applicants Pantsuits or skirts? Blasphemous resumes Every week I publish a real problem from a real reader along with my detailed advice. But I get tons of […]

All recruiting campaigns suck

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The best recruiting campaign is a manager that calls you on the phone, tells you he loves your work, and invites you to lunch to talk about working together to make more money making better products. In other words, the employer isn’t scavenging. He did his homework and knows what he wants: you. That’s recruiting. […]

Am I cheating on the company that’s interviewing me?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

In the August 21, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter wants to know whether it’s okay to interview with a company, when another company paid the airfare: When a company flies me in to interview, is it okay to interview with other employers? Here’s the situation. A person is interested in two or […]

Paying to Get a Job, Part 3: Job applicant tells Padres to “Suck my dick”

Monday, August 13th, 2012

In 2008 I published a column titled How much would you pay for a job? The 2009 follow-up was Pay for a job? (Part 2). Earlier this year, I told you about an outrageous racket I helped expose in the “career industry” in cooperation with Canada’s CBC-TV: Rip-Off Edition: Who’s trying to sell you a job? (video). In all […]

Handouts: What information should employers give to job candidates prior to interviews?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

In the previous posting, Why do companies hide the benefits?, we discussed what a job applicant can do when the employer makes a job offer but refuses to disclose the benefits package until the candidate accepts the job. Gimme a break! I suggested that employers should have a prepared handout for all job applicants: Here […]

Why do companies hide the benefits?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

In the August 7, 2012 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter wants to why an employer refuses to disclose what the employee benefits are until the offer has been accepted: I’ve been offered a job by a very large company. The salary is fine and the job sounds good. The offer letter states that […]