Ask any talented job hunter: Did you follow the proper steps in your job search? Of course.

What went wrong? I hit an unexpected obstacle.

Success in job hunting isn’t about chasing job postings, sending resumes, and filling out endless online application forms. If any of it worked, you’d have the job you want. (Employment In America: WTF is going on?) That’s why Ask The Headhunter is not a step-by-step “process” for landing a job. There is no such thing. The sad truth is, the “employment system” is broken. Your challenge is to step over that broken system to get the job you want.

This isn’t rocket science.

Once you get it, how to land the job you want is obvious. Each of the 9 Fearless Job Hunting books shows you how to overcome daunting obstacles that stop other job hunters dead in their tracks. Get the edge — and say hello to total control over your job search. Order just the books you need, or The Complete Collection.

Or start with what’s free: Hundreds of articles, how-to advice, and in-your-face answers to real questions about the most daunting obstacles real people face when job hunting. Employers can learn a thing or three, too.

This isn’t about luck.

Forget what “human resources experts” have taught you. It’s all bureaucratic bunk. No one wins (or fills) a job by following “the steps” dictated by America’s defunct Employment System. (Why HR should get out of the hiring business.)

They succeed by beating the System: By knowing the best way to handle a few make-or-break situations, thereby setting themselves above their competition.

“The hiring manager more or less offered me the position on the spot and indicated a salary range that is roughly 40-50% more than I make now. Your two biggest lessons (at least for me) at work in the flesh: (1) Never divulge my current salary, and (2) Talk about what I will do, not what I’ve done.”
 Rich Mok, Cornell Executive MBA Program

It’s time to throw away your resume or your job description and Ask The Headhunter. Nick Corcodilos is a headhunter, and he’s the author of Fearless Job Hunting and  How to Work with Headhunters… and how to make headhunters work for you. And he’s here to help you.

It’s fearless job hunting.

Since 1995, Nick has been here, online, revealing the fallacies that conspire to keep talented workers and good employers apart — and openly sharing the headhunter’s sound, profitable methods for getting them together. If you’re changing careers — or changing jobs — Nick’s Answer Kit: How Can I Change Careers? will show you how. Most job hunters flounder when it’s time to make a change. HCICC? teaches you how to get in the door, and how to prove to a demanding employer that hiring you will pay off.

Take it from Nick’s Ask The Headhunter audience, fearless job hunters who have been proving his methods work for over a decade:

“I love Nick’s new Answer Kit: Keep Your Salary Under Wraps. It worked for me. Nick gave me the same advice that’s in the book when I was negotiating a job offer several years ago. Despite both the headhunter and the company insisting I disclose what I was getting paid at my old job, I stuck to my guns and I was able to double my salary. Plus I got a signing bonus. That would have never happened in a million years if I had caved!”
–Bernie Dietz

Learn how to say NO when employers demand your salary history, to make them say YES to higher job offers. (Order now and get a special mp3 about salary, from a workshop Nick presented to Cornell’s Executive MBA Program!)

Or, don’t buy anything. But learn why you must stop telling employers your salary history. They’re using it to cap any job offer they make.

None of this easy.

If it were, everyone would be changing jobs and careers quickly and successfully. But success — and landing the right job—requires careful planning, lots of work, and an understanding about why companies hire people. That’s what gives you the insider’s edge.This Ask The Headhunter reader says it best:

“The great news about your recommendations is that they work. The good news for those of us who use them is that few people are really willing to implement what you recommend, giving those of us who do an edge.”
–Ray Stoddard

Start by reading the articles below to learn the basics of The Headhunter’s approach, then cruise through Nick’s blog. Subscribe to the Ask The Headhunter Newsletter and hit him up with your own questions! (The newsletter is delivered free every week to subscribers.)

A message from Nick

Since starting Ask The Headhunter, I have answered over 50,000 questions about job hunting and hiring — one at a time, in writing, on the Ask The Headhunter forum. ATH has grown into a vibrant dialogue with thousands of people who recognize that America’s Employment System is broken. They want an edge when job hunting — just as managers want an edge when hiring.

Ask The Headhunter isn’t about resumes, interviews or job postings — and it isn’t about doing tricks to get jobs. It’s about job hunters and employers rolling up their sleeves and demonstrating to one another that there’s value in working together.

Each week, in the Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, I share perspectives, methods, and tips to help you be your own headhunter. We tackle the most daunting problems faced by both job hunters and hiring managers, and I do my best to address your questions head-on. The newsletter is delivered via e-mail. It is not archived online. And it’s FREE!

Newsletter subscribers can submit their questions to a special e-mail address that comes direct to me. Each week, I personally select the best ones and I answer them in the newsletter.

Want to get in on the dialogue? Visit Ask The Headhunter and sign up for free notices of updates. Chime in with your comments. Debate, argue, post your questions!

Thanks for joining us on Ask The Headhunter!  —Nick Corcodilos

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