Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979 and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community.
In this special Making Sen$e edition of Ask The Headhunter, Nick shares insider advice and contrarian methods about winning and keeping the right job, on one condition: that you, dear Making Sense reader, send Nick your questions about your personal challenges with job hunting, interviewing, networking, resumes, job boards or salary negotiations. No guarantees — just a promise to do his best to offer useful advice.
Nick’s Recent Stories
Ask The Headhunter Aug 16Ask the Headhunter: Why you should tell employers, ‘I don’t fill out job applications’
Let your competition play the application game. Instead, ask a question only the savviest people ask a hiring manager.
Economy Aug 09Ask the Headhunter: Job interviewers shouldn’t be asking for your salary. Here’s why
When employers demand to know your salary, it’s usually for just one reason: to low-ball any offer they make you.
Ask The Headhunter Aug 02Ask the Headhunter: Why do employers reject ‘too talented’ job applicants?
HR can easily and thoughtlessly tag you “overqualified.” On the other hand, a smart manager to whom you were referred may more readily tag you “the exceptional person we need to hire.”…
Ask The Headhunter Jul 26Ask the Headhunter: How to negotiate a job offer by saying ‘yes’
Start out by saying yes. This tells them the main question is already resolved — you want the job. All that remains is working out the terms.
Ask The Headhunter Jul 19Ask the Headhunter: Why companies fire you only to try to rehire you
Beware of this "reorganization" move by HR: Firing people and then trying to hire them back into lower-level and lower-paying jobs is very common.
Ask The Headhunter Jul 12Ask the Headhunter: 8 steps to better hiring
Employers’ biggest mistake today is using technology to process far too many applicants, making it more difficult for managers to choose and turning the hiring process into a months-long embarrassment.
Ask The Headhunter Jul 05Ask the Headhunter: Why can’t new grads get jobs? Automated interviews
Is it any wonder so many college grads don’t have real jobs? Companies have stopped recruiting and interviewing them and have hired third-party automated interview vendors instead.
Ask The Headhunter Jun 28Ask the Headhunter: How to tell HR to take a hike (without sounding like a jerk)
When HR demands that you meet or talk with a “screener” before meeting the hiring manager, you need to learn how to say NO, and you need to start saying NO right now.
Ask The Headhunter Jun 21Ask the Headhunter: 6 things that HR should stop doing right now
Several readers have pointed out foibles of HR that we can’t keep ignoring.
Ask The Headhunter Jun 14Ask the Headhunter: Am I being bribed to take a job?
If you secretly take money from a headhunter when you accept a job, that’s unethical.