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2 responses to Talk me through your resume, sample answer

  1. Femi,

    If I used something special from high-school, that answers your question!


  2. Dear Michael,

    Thank you for this piece and the others in the category.

    It is interesting that you built this sample response from high school. I once heard from someone who works at one of the elite firms that one should keep stories to the past 5 years and for someone who has gone through at least 4 years of undergraduate education, high school is likely to be more than 5 years into the background.

    What is your thought on this unwritten “5-year rule”?

    My guess is that firms may want to confirm one’s strengths using recent happenings. On the contrary, one can start with a high school story that finds strong representation in what one did in the university, through graduate school and the world of work i.e. to establish and prove a deep-seated pattern of strengths. What do you think?

    I look forward to reading your response.


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