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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!


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The data say, Demand bigger salaries!

Question I’m about to get a job offer from a company I want to work for. They asked how much I want. The talent shortage must be producing bigger salaries in …
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HR Background Checks: Where does your info go?

Introduction When you grant employers permission to run background checks and credit checks on you, where does all that confidential information go?Last year we asked Does Human Resources go too far? …
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Must I “kiss ass” to get a job?

Question My husband is a recent college graduate in need of a professional job. He’s had a couple of possibilities, but no offers or anything.I know what the problem is. He’s …
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Is “the hot job market” a load of crap?

Question Here’s another article, this one from MarketWatch, about how The U.S. Jobs Market Is Scorching Hot. So why can’t I get interviews for a good job, much less a job …

Should I rat on a job candidate?

Question I find myself in the position of having to decide whether I should rat on a job candidate. My boss is about to interview someone who applied for a job …
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How to Get A Job: Get the inside track

How to Get A Job Workshop In the first installments of this special How to Get A Job series we discussed the pitfalls of resumes, how to get the right job …
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How to Get A Job: Don’t write a resume

How to Get A Job Workshop For the next few weeks, we’re going to devote the Q&A feature to a workshop. Instead of Q&A, this limited series of columns will be …
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Why headhunters waste your time

Question May I ask for your advice? I’m a headhunter. What is the best thing to say to a candidate when they ask who is the client I’m representing? I don’t …
stupid interview questions

Stupid Interview Questions: #11

Question What’s a good way to answer stupid interview questions like, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Nick’s Reply Answer: “Gee, will your company be in business in 5 years?”The “5 …
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Exploding Job Offer #3: Get it in writing

Question Bait & Switch Corp. (not the real name) offered me a job and lied about what the work would be. When I tried to discuss this, my new boss told …
job hunting secrets

4 Job Hunting Secrets for 2022

Question During my 9-year career I’ve read lots of books and articles about how to get a good job. My conclusion: Most of it is banal and useless. In all these …
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What if my meds trigger a positive drug test?

Question After over a year of unemployment, I finally got a job offer from [a major company] that I accepted. I’m relieved if not in disbelief, especially with the holidays coming …
personal referrals

10 steps for personal referrals to hiring managers

Question I can never get a referral to someone else. Perhaps that’s why I can’t get the ball rolling in my job search. What’s the deal with personal referrals? Nick’s Reply It’s awkward …
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Zoom Job Interviews: Dress to dodge a bullet

Question What is the dress code for men on job interviews, whether live or Zoom? Some people say you can never go wrong overdressing, others say you don’t want to look …
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Are college degree requirements unreasonable?

Special Video Edition Do employers shoot themselves in the foot when they require college degrees, especially for jobs that don’t seem to warrant them? In today’s job market, is it reasonable …

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