Tell the Whole Truth

Is everything on your résumé true?

Apparently, some CEOs don’t think everything needs to be.

Yahoo’s CEO, Scott Thompson, was caught with faulty credentials on his résumé that stated he had a degree in computer science, but a Yahoo investor uncovered that the program wasn’t even offered at his college during the time he attended.

This brings to light the imporantance of telling the truth on your résumé.

In the article, The No. 1 PR lesson from Yahoo CEO’s résumé gaffe, Gil Rudawsky cites the Researchers at Cornell University who found that 92 percent of college students lie on their résumés. This is a startling statistic and I think we should all give our own résumé another look over to ensure we’re not included in that percentage.

Although it may be tempting to exaggerate or even flat out lie on your résumé to look more appealing to employers, you’re not helping anyone, including yourself.

Image if you got a job based on skills or credentials on your résumé that you lied about or exaggerated. Then envision being held accountable to deliver on what you promised, but knowing that you can’t preform. I think that’s just as scary as not finding a job.

Think before you lie on your résumé because you never know if a lie will come back and destroy your credibility.

Why do you think so many people lie on their résumés?

2 thoughts on “Tell the Whole Truth

  1. Once again, great advice and an excellent article. I couldn’t agree with you more. “Honesty is always the best policy”.

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