We are constantly distracted by the desire for Novelty and the discipline of repetition. Ever since I made my personal phone public, I am getting calls from young engineers and Finance professionals (less than 2 years of experience) with worries that they would be stuck in a monotonous career as a Software Engineer, Associate Analyst or an Engineer in a declining Oil & Gas industry. It is an instinctual call that the future is not safe - not just from a life satisfaction point of view, but because tools and technology can replace your job with the right data.

Contextualize your achievements into personality traits - extraversion, leadership, maturity (conflict management), communication (colleagues, leadership and team), persuasion (selling ideas to a team), motivating team (after failure), resource management (time, budget and skills) and openness (listening, pivoting after setback and innovation).

The questions I ask are frustrating. Some might think that I am playing Kubrick, prodding the applicant to quit, but we are so immersed in our world that we forget that there is a general public that doesn't understand a word we say.

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