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Should you lie in your resume?

One of the many temptations a wannabe professional can succumb to is taking short routes to success. When there is a huge difference in the pay cut between someone who has a qualification and someone who doesn’t, but is almost as good otherwise, a small lie here and there could be the easy ladder to success.

The resume is your white paper

The resume is one’s own introduction to the professional world. It is what may be called the history book of the candidate. To the employer who looks at it, it is the white sheet of paper on which whatever the candidate writes is the truth, at least to start with. What happens when a skilled liar, who wants to take the higher step to the corporate world, fakes a qualification or a supplementary qualification?

Loss of face

This candidate can make it to the entry level, and can in fact, do very well later on in his career. It is possible that whatever a genuinely qualified person would have done, this person too, would. But at some later stage, if it is found out that it was not genuine; it is going to be a terribly bad black mark on the career. Yes, we have seen that this person could have been just as good professionally as any other, but once the name is gone, it is impossible to recover it.

Can never be compensated

In this one lie, everything that is good about the person’s career, including outstanding professional performance in that very organization which discovers this lie, is going to get buried. It is going to be perceived this way –whatever this person accomplished, no matter how noteworthy, was built on the edifice of falsehood.

Other areas of lies

The same goes for lying about one’s work experience, too. To cover up a gap;a short period of employmentor an unpleasant tenure, a person may not show that period of employment at all in the resume, and may instead say he was “working for a friend’s company” during that time. What if the present company comes to know that the period in which the candidate was employed with a “friend” was the period of employment elsewhere? This is going to show up as false documentation.

No substitution for honesty

Indeed, there is no substitute for honesty in any circumstance such as this. The chinks in your resume could only delay your entry into your dream job; they are never going to prevent it. The ignominy of being caught for a lie is far greater than all the achievements one could have built upon a lie.




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