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

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26Act your age

Is it better to disclose your date of birth or to keep it under your hat?

Whether it’s Tiger Woods winning golf tournaments at twenty-one, Maria Sharapova conquering Wimbledon at seventeen or Lulu roaring up the 1960s charts with ‘Shout’ at fourteen, there’s definitely something impressive about young achievers.

But as night follows day, so the years roll by for all of us. When it comes to our working lives, is there an ideal age to gain access to the maximum number of opportunities? An old HR colleague of mine used to say that companies would be happy to populate themselves entirely with 35-year-old managers with MBAs if there were enough to go around. His view used to strike me as a little overstated, although funnily enough ...

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