The Job: The Hot Prospect

Fired from his job as a salesman for an electronics company, Joe Sherman could not find another. At 54, his age counted against him. His real education was skimpy. So Sherman put a new and imaginary personality on paper. He subtracted 15 years from his age, added a cum laude degree from the University of Pittsburgh, work on a Ph.D. at the University of Florida and a broad array of engineering experience. Then he mailed his resume to a wide range of electronics firms all over the country.

Aerospace and electronics companies are desperate for skilled technicians, and soon Joe...

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