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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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Liberal arts degree: Asset or albatross?

Question In your experience, is a broad liberal arts background an asset or an albatross? (I know, I know, I’m grossly glossing over differences in markets, technologies, regional employment issues,…

I really want this job

I really want this job!

Question How long should I wait before checking in on a late-stage interview process that’s gone silent? I’m interviewing for a top software engineering management role after being asked to…

career choice

How to make a tough job or career choice

Question I really can’t decide between two good job offers that require a career choice. Each would take me deep into a career dramatically different from the other. I’ve done…

job search problem

Open Mic: What’s your job search problem?

Special Edition I started Ask The Headhunter many years ago as an “open mic” and invited anyone with a job search problem (as well as managers, HR, and recruiters with…

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Should I use a job offer to get a raise?

Question Can I use a job offer to get a raise out of my employer? After 22 years of military service, I’ve been working the last 14 months for a…

signing bonus

4 answers about signing bonuses

Question When it rains, it pours! Two of my friends got new jobs and both were offered signing bonuses. Is this common now? I have a few questions about signing bonuses….

before accepting a job offer

Do this before accepting a job offer!

Question It’s always a relief when I get a job offer, but that’s also when I think I’m most vulnerable to accepting a job that maybe I should not. Face…

respect job candidates

9 Rules for Employers: Respect job candidates

Question Okay, Mr. Smarty-pants. You criticize how HR and hiring managers treat applicants. You say we don’t respect job candidates. You seem to think we’re here to baby them and…

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Give resignation, or get a raise?

Question I haven’t yet joined the “great resignation” but I’m tempted because it’s a good way to get a raise nowadays. I like my job, my boss and my team,…

bigger salaries

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…

backgound checks

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…

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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…

hot job market

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…

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…

get the inside track

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…

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