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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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24Corporate prehistory

It’s said that actors are only as good as their last performance. Rather alarmingly, the same principle applies in corporate life, meaning much of your experience is already past its sell-by date.

In 1997, Tony Blair led the UK Labour Party back into power, Princess Diana died, Hong Kong was handed back to China and the Spice Girls released their classic first album. The question is, what were you up to career-wise seven years ago?

Perhaps you were working or maybe you were still at school or college. Depending on your age, 1997 might seem like an age ago or it might seem like the day before yesterday. From an employer’s perspective, it’s almost certainly too long ago to matter.

Most employers would reckon that what ...

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