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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!


interview feedback

How to Say It: I want interview feedback!

Question I enjoyed reading your book and I enjoy getting your newsletter even though I feel a little out of place because I am in Human Resources. I find your observations …
job futures

How to invest in job futures

Question I sought out a couple of companies that I want to work with, researched them, found actual names to contact personally, and got interviews. They are impressed with my background …
rescinded job offer

Rescinded job offer: Did you dodge a bullet?

Question I’d like to bring up an old subject — a rescinded job offer. I’ve been a reader for a while and have been helping my father in an interview process. …
job opportunities

Most job opportunities go south

Question I went in for my interview and, as job opportunities go, all went great. I met with the HR manager and the Division Manager. They called me back in on …

How to get a friend hired at your company

Question I went to work as an engineer at a company when it was quite small. Then it got taken over by a large company that got swallowed by another company. …
vacation time

2 weeks vacation time? Are you kidding?

Question I’m one of those people who’s been waiting all year to quit my job and just did it. Your advice about negotiating salary (explain your value) worked great! But a …
rush to hire

Jobs vacant but managers seem in no rush to hire

Question You’ve no doubt seen all the news items about how difficult it is to fill jobs these days because so many people aren’t interested in working. I’ve been trying to …
profitable work

Every job is one job. What’s its title?

Question You write in one of your articles, “If the employer could avoid hiring you or anyone else, he would. He doesn’t want to create a job. He wants to produce …
hired or promoted

Create your own job to get hired or promoted

No Question There’s no Q&A in this week’s edition. Instead, I want to tell you about what someone said to me at a presentation I gave.I had just suggested to my …
recruiter pressure

Recruiter pressure

Question When independent recruiters are discussing a job with me, they ask if there are any job opportunities that I’m actively exploring on my own. What should I tell them? If …

Friction between employers & recruiters hurts you

Question I’m a third party recruiter and I refuse to bend over and appease any HR department that insists on a jealous stranglehold over hiring decisions. As proven by their public …

After my business failure, can I get hired?

Question Four years ago, three co-workers and I bought the software development firm we worked for, but business has slowed down and the company is failing. My 10 years working for …

The labor shortage is really a pay shortage

Question I bookmarked an article you wrote a few years ago: B.S. on the jobs numbers euphoria. Jobs numbers are the #1 story again: 260,000 jobs added versus over a million …
severance pay

Does severance pay make sense?

Question I’m curious about how companies determine severance pay packages. I assume there are state laws that dictate minimum severance amounts, or it seems there would be no severance packages at …

Hired, quit 2 days later. Would you rehire?

Question A new hire in my department resigned after two days at work. He took a counter-offer at his previous company where he had been 22 years. I know you advise against …

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 a …

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 realize …

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 are …

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 your …

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