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05/06/12
Resumes. Headline misrepresentations
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Public Relations docs, Job Offer (Situations), Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:31 am

While we never recommend misrepresenting
yourself or your accomplishments in any public
relations documents, it does happen.  Yahoo’s
CEO, CSX’s Chief Commercial Officer,
Herbalife’s CEO and others
have been questioned
and/or fired.

You are responsible for truthful representation
of all aspects of applications, resumes, cover
letters, Internet presence and statements.  Some
information that has been found to be inaccurate
includes:
         employment dates and record (covering gaps)
         degrees and degree dates (falsifying academic
credentials)
         job titles (implying higher attainment,
responsibility)
         achievements (fabricating inventions,
creativity or claims of individual contributions)
         criminal record
         medical testing record
         military record
         academic record

The consequences are real and if there is an
issue, it will be found.  Embarrassment, reputation,
“serial lies,” termination result. 

The employment situation tempts some to consider
“doing what others do”, but resist it.  Further
reading:
Legal position.
Recruiting advice.
HR Policies (listing of examples).

        

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