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The Bigger They Are . . . (or a new way to lose your job)

One of the areas that we regularly stress is the importance of truthfulness in your resume.  We no longer live in a world where credentials are checked haphazardly, if at all.

This should be obvious. Except we have had candidates who sent us resumes with a changed career track that is very different than the resume they sent us three years ago.  In other words, the same person had different jobs with different employers at different periods of their career than what they had reported before.  And yes, we do keep them.

And we have had candidates who have told us that another recruiter told them it was okay to just drop the short term job that they held in 2006 for about eight months in between two other jobs.  Or to go ahead and fudge on that title a little.  Although, thank goodness, lying on a resume is usually the candidate’s own idea and not that of another recruiter. 

What’s wrong with this, other than the fact that it is lying?  The point was driven home in an article at the top of the “Who’s News” section on page B5 of the May 2nd Wall Street Journal. Quoting the first paragraph briefly:

“. . .the President and Chief Operating Officer of Herbalife, Ltd., lost his job after acknowledging he claimed a fake Master’s degree in corporate filings.”

Yep — the bigger they are . . . well, you know the rest.

Don’t let this be you.  If a company discovers that you have lied about credentials on your resume, you face two problems.  First, if they find out during the hiring process, you almost certainly won’t get hired.  But what many don’t realize is that if they find out after you have been hired — even several months later — you may very well be summarily discharged.

And if you encounter that rare recruiter who tells you to lie on a resume (remember, there is a bottom 10% in every profession) — “Well, you’re only a couple classes short of a degree, so go ahead and put it on there” or “I tell all my candidates to leave off a job when they were there less than a year” or “No one will understand that title, so just put down Director of Marketing, since that’s really what you were anyway” — run from that recruiter as fast as you can. 

Not only are they putting you in jeopardy as far as your career.  But, if they are willing to let you lie to the employer about your credentials (an employer that is paying them by the way), how many lies are they going to tell you about the company and the job?  (Sure you’ll be promoted in the next six months . . . you bet).

Of course, all of this applies to interviews as well as resumes, but more on that another time.

John

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May 9, 2008 - Posted by | Tips - Interviewing, Tips - Resumes and Cover Letters, Uncategorized

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