Welcome to the weekly Q&A!

This is what Ask The Headhunter is all about! Real questions submitted by real job seekers (and employers) about real, daunting problems and challenges they face, answered by Ask The Headhunter host Nick Corcodilos. Don’t miss each column’s Comments section, where the entire ATH community piles on for lively debate and to share insights, stories and advice that’s often better than Nick’s! Got a Q? Submit it to Nick!


Networking Magic: Help someone get a job

Question I’m a regular reader. Most of the articles are about “How do I get a job?” How about one that talks about “How do I help someone else get…

How I negotiate a good job offer

Question Last week you taught us how to negotiate. But, how do you do it for your candidates? How do you make sure they get the best offers possible? I…

Salary Negotiation: How much to ask for

Question We’re told that whoever mentions a number first in a salary negotiation loses. When employers also demand to know our current salary, that just makes matters worse. So what…

Does Human Resources go too far?

Question I am so glad someone has finally called out the Human Resources (HR) department on its disrespect for job applicants. The sentiment seems to be that they can waste…

How we find a job

Special Edition Everyone in the advice business thinks their advice is pretty good, or why would they be doing it? (Well, never mind…) I think the advice I’ve been doling…

Can I make it in my own consulting business?

Question The post-COVID economy is a wake-up call. My full-time job could disappear any day. I’m not waiting around to find out when that will happen. I’ve decided to leave…

Can employer clawback my $6,000 bonus?

Question The company I worked for paid me quarterly bonuses for performance but the bonuses are based on the final performance of the entire team for the whole year. The…

How To Say It: I want a second-chance interview

Question I’d like a second-chance interview. I messed up last month and cancelled an interview for a job because I didn’t like the commute — it’s pretty far. The job…

Do we need a $15 minimum wage?

Question Most of your readership seems to be in relatively high-salary jobs but I have a question about lower-level jobs. I hope you think it’s worth covering. I see the…
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Negotiate salary but leave something on the table

A reader wants to negotiate salary without being greedy, in the December 8, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question Employers never make their best offer. You have to negotiate for…
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Why job interviews are a persistent illusion

A reader questions the validity of interviews and we consider how job interviews are a persistent illusion, in the December 1, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question It’s good I’m…
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In-Your-Face Audio Q&A: How to get a job

Nick offers two fundamental audio lessons in how to get a job, in the November 24, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Audio Ask The Headhunter Welcome to this special audio…

Is this employer a Mickey Mouse operation?

How can you figure out whether a company is a Mickey Mouse operation before you start working there? A reader wants to know, in the November 17, 2020 Ask The…
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Before you risk your references

A reader wonders whether it’s right that employers demand references before the employer even talks to the candidate, in the November 3, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question After I…

We don’t need any stinking cover letters

A reader dreads having to write a cover letter for an employer, and asks what to do in the October 20, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question I hate cover…

What education does the employer want?

A reader isn’t sure a new college degree or other education is going to guarantee a career or a job, in the October 6, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question…

How can I negotiate for this job?

A reader doesn’t know how much is too much to negotiate for, in the September 29, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter. Question I’m on the cusp of getting a job…

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