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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.

SHOW DATE: JULY 17, 2013

Kim O’Grady, an engineering consultant from Australia, not only had a good deal of experience under his belt, but also a relatively wide job market for engineering consultants in his part of the country. So why didn’t he get a single interview in his four months on the job hunt? That’s exactly what Kim was asking himself—until he noticed the name on his resume. Kim’s a genderless name, but the inclination is to attribute it to a woman rather than a man. Kim realized that he was playing in a male dominated field, and his name was holding him back. So what did he do? He added “Mr.” to the front of his name and got an interview the very next job he applied for. Hats off to you, Mr. Kim O’Grady, for not giving up and using your noggin to realize that in the job world, the gender of your name matters.

On a side note, another suggestion would be to replace your first (and middle) name with your initials—KT O’Grady, for example.


By Aleksandr Smechov

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