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A name exposes a familiar truth

Kim O’Grady, an experienced management consultant, couldn’t figure out why companies were turning him down.

Kim O’Grady, an experienced management consultant in Perth, Australia, couldn’t figure out why his résumé was generating no job leads for more than four months, said Susanna Kim in ABCNews.com. He finally realized that companies were turning him down because his gender-neutral first name led them to assume he was a woman. “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,” he wrote on his blog. The truth became immediately apparent. “It was like being hit on the head with a big sheet of unbreakable glass ceiling,” he said. After putting “Mr.” before his name on his résumé, he quickly landed a job. “The sad reality is this shows we all know how real and invasive sexism is,” O’Grady wrote this week.

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