Asktheheadhunter.com, Online Training, 2007, North Bridge Group, Inc., $0.
Headhunters are a curious lot. Their stock in trade is spinning information in various positive directions, making companies look good to candidates and vice versa, even when those efforts compete against one another.
What you might expect on a website called Asktheheadhunter.com is insider advice from someone who has been on both sides of the recruiting game and presents a lot of information with a safe middle-of-the-road approach. With Asktheheadhunter.com, you do get both sides of a situation, but with one huge exception: there is no spin of the rose-colored glasses variety.
The online headhunter is Nick Corcodilos, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the recruiting business. Corcodilos began his career in the late 1970s in California's booming Silicon Valley, when headhunting was just beginning to take off. The past three decades have seen Corcodilos expand his expertise and client list. He now boasts relationships with a who's who of the Fortune 500.
What does all this mean to you as a web surfer seeking legitimate job-seeking advice? It means bookmark this site and refer to it often.
I say this from the perspective of an employment counselor and job coach who has advised clients from a wide range of fields and at all corporate levels as well as a job seeker who has found Corcodilos's unflinching look at the job market to be dead-on. He has strong opinions about what's wrong with the hiring practices of American business, and he has a genuine interest in, and technique or two for, helping job seekers succeed. Best of all, his website is full of solid, usable information and ideas--all for free.
Free top-quality web content in this day and age? Seems like a stretch, but it isn't. True, Corcodilos is an author and his site has links to purchase his books and other materials. But you don't have to buy anything to benefit from his philosophy and experience.
Asktheheadhunter.com features the usual array of well-categorized articles and e-newsletters, all free, all sharply on point. I will give you a warning right up front. A lot of what you read and hear from Nick Corcodilos and Asktheheadhunter.com will not go down easily--not because it is poorly written or off topic but because he pulls no punches in his very nontraditional way of promoting yourself in a job search.
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