Can't find a job? Perhaps put a 'MR' in your CV ...

Monday 16 September, 2013

Just one example of the gender discrimination which still exists today. This article featured on and tells the story of how an Australian man, Kim O'Grady, added a "MR" to the front of his name and scored the job.


"My first name is Kim. Technically its gender neutral but my experience showed that most people's default setting in the absence of any other clues is to assume Kim is a women's name. And nothing else on my CV identified me as male. At first I thought I was being a little paranoid but engineering, trades, sales and management were all definitely male dominated industries. So I pictured all the managers I had over the years and, forming an amalgam of them in my mind, I read through the document as I imagined they would have. It was like being hit on the head with a big sheet of unbreakable glass ceiling."

Adding the honorific Mr to the CV soon changed everything.

"I made one change that day. I put Mr in front of my name on my CV. It looked a little too formal for my liking but I got an interview for the very next job I applied for. And the one after that. It all happened in a fortnight and the second job was a substantial increase in responsibility over anything I had done before," Mr O'Grady said.

The experience gave him an invaluable insight into the struggles many women face trying to climb the corporate ladder.

Does this story surprise you? Do you ever think about how your CV will really read? Do you still think gender discrimination exists when it comes to hiring staff? Let OneShift know

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