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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
         employment dates and record (covering gaps)
         degrees and degree dates (falsifying academic
         job titles (implying higher attainment,
         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
Legal position.
Recruiting advice.
HR Policies (listing of examples).


4 Responses to “Resumes. Headline misrepresentations”

  1. site admin Says:

    More detail on Scott Thompson’s, Yahoo CEO
    misrepresentation of his degree in his bio says a
    lot about the business world and how serious these
    things are considered.

    1. Evidently there was a serious disagreement on
    his hiring and who is on the board of directors
    determining the direction of the company.

    2. Scott Thompson recently learned and disclosed
    he is struck with thyroid cancer. This did not
    matter to board members, his academic
    credentials representation of 20 years ago is

    3. Despite still unclear misunderstanding with a
    recruiting firm, an external firm certifies all
    information on all biographical data.

    So, it is incumbent on job seekers to ensure
  2. site admin Says:

    Comment in WSJ article on-line listing:
    “Glad to see someone very publicly fired for lying
    on a resume. It should be a crime. But in general
    it appears to be good form. Omissions and frank
    misrepresentations are said to be the norm. And
    when companies engage in their own investigations
    on actual history of behaviors, such as background
    checks, including credit - candidates cry foul.

    Assume candidates are lying until facts are
    independently verified, and one will unfortunately
    be proven right on more than a rare occasion.”
  3. site admin Says:

    Why you should always tell the truth

  4. site admin Says:

    An interesting commentary on a related topic of
    misrepresentation is offered by Al Sklover.
    Companies are conducting your insurance form
    claimed dependents audits.

    People, he reports, can illegally claim others as
    their dependents to gain insurance for them at no
    or low cost. You can be fired for falsifying
    information, such as this.

    We recently received a request to send in our
    marriage certificate and recent 1040 form to
    one of our companies through whom we have
    insurance coverage..

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