How do you like them apples?


I took this picture back in 2016 at a grocery store.

How do you even begin to choose the right apple? All of them look great. You can do some basic checks, like looking for obvious blemishes, but in the end - when you account for all the obvious things - your selection is rather abritrary and random, isn't it?

I think it's a good analog for what things look like from a hiring manager's perspective, right now.

You're not a bad apple. And it's not that you're not valuable. It's not that you're not doing enough to stand out. There are just a lot of really good apples right there.

Right now, the game isn't about standing out. It's about keeping unbruised. Don't let this time, challenging as it is, turn you bitter. 


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