Historical recruitment mistakes, from Leonardo to Einstein

Leonardo da Vinci’s application letter, from Letters of Note

Let’s start with Leonardo, in the early 1480s

Perfectly structured

Focused on the needs of the employer

Able to illustrate competencies with concrete examples

But if there is a lot to be learned from what he did right, there’s also a plenty of hidden lessons in what he did wrong:

He overstated his competencies

He didn’t mention his most notable skill

He didn’t provide examples of accomplished work

Over to Einstein, 400 years later

He showed disdain for the employer’s area of expertise

He was too focused on his own needs

He was unable to follow up on his applications

Finally, over to you



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