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

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48Avoiding the poisoned chalice

Tips on how to avoid ‘Titanic’ projects, plus what to put in your CV if you can’t avoid the looming icebergs.

As organisations set up more and more project teams to tackle corporate problem areas, we need to be able to differentiate between the career-enhancing projects and those that should be avoided like the plague.

The same goes for the jobs we hold. Some will set us fair for a place on the board while others might poison our career. The trick is to know which is which.

Remember this famous scene from Danny Kaye’s 1956 classic The Court Jester?

Hawkins: I’ve got it! I’ve got it! The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the

pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?

Griselda: ...

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