When you want to get a job interview

When I left university, like many students, I didn’t have a job. I was also – again, like many students – totally broke, so was living with my parents.

While I was still job-hunting, I remember watching my Dad review applications for a very senior position in his office. And I was amazed – and a bit gutted, to be honest – how quickly he reviewed people’s résumés that they’d taken ages to write.

I mean, he read everything in there, and treated all the résumés fairly. But it was all just so quick. And it struck me how a recruiter’s first read-through is often a filtering exercise, which puts people into one of three groups – extremely impressive; definitely not; everyone else.

Twenty years on, and I’ve helped ...

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