Read of the Day: “How I Discovered Gender Discrimination”
6:00 pm, July 12th | by Colette McIntyre
In today’s Read of the Day, Kim O’Grady, a freelance management consultant, shares how adding a simple “Mr.” to his resume changed his job search and opened his eyes to the rampant gender discrimination in business.
Then the rejection letters trickled in. I could take rejection—it goes hand in hand with business—but after the first few months I was frankly confused. I hadn’t had a single interview. Instead of aiming high, I lowered my sights and started applying for jobs where there was no career advancement. Now I had everything these employers could possibly want. It would be a shoe in. But still not one interview came my way—not even a phone inquiry.
Somewhere after the four month mark my confidence started to take a hit. The people rejecting me were business people, too. How could my reasoning that I was perfect for these jobs be so different from theirs? Putting on my most serious business head, I went back and scoured my CV. It was the only contact any of my potential employers or their recruitment companies had had with me. My CV was THE common denominator and if something was wrong it MUST have been there.
I had fortunately seen a number of CVs in my time. I was happy with the choice of style and layout, and the balance of detail versus brevity. I was particularly pleased with the decision I made to brand it with my name with just enough bold positioning to make it instantly recognizable, and as I sat scouring every detail of that CV, a horrible truth slowly dawned on me. My name.
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