Thursday, September 9, 2010

Of age and cheese

Career session today. Main takeaway: do not provide any information about yourself that is revealing and can impede your chances to get closer to the coveted position. In practical terms:
  • No references to your age
  • No mentioning of nationality, race or religion. Instead of wiring "Sergey Gorbatov" write "S. Gorbatov" (well, in my case is sort of obvious but if you have an Arabic name or don't want to disclose your gender, think of creative ways to disguise it)
  • provide info only when asked for!!! --- make them interested.
From this perspective, job search is like screening potential marriage partners, you flirt a lot. Unfortunately, the reverse it true. If you played your cards wrongly, the consequences are ghastly to contemplate...

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