Lies, even teeny tiny exaggerations, on resumes are never a good thing. In fact, the combination is almost always a recipe for disaster … eventually.
It seems odd to me that in the world of Internet transparency in which we find ourselves today, that anyone would actually consider falsifying their resume. And yet, a recent article the CFO.com confirms the practice is still ongoing.
“At the end of the day, lying is lying,” says Leadbeater. “But if you are a CFO, you’re supposed to be this figure of knowledge, power and importance — someone who is going to be making strategic decisions about money and the way the company works. And it’s like, if you thought it was OK to lie about this, what else do you think it’s OK to lie about?”
If you have to ask yourself, “does this cross the line,” … the line of truthfulness has already been crossed.
I recently read an article that talked about how to game Linkedin if you’re unemployed. I’m not publishing the link because I am appalled at the suggestion to lie in order to achieve a higher search ranking. I’ll just say … don’t do it. What might seem like a short-term win won’t end well. And besides, recruiters just aren’t that stupid.