Career Killers recently published an article, “Restating: The Career Killer,” CFOs fired for erroneous financial reporting are finding it difficult to secure comparable jobs — if they can get one at all.

Here’s an excerpt from my recent article “4 Tips for Avoiding Brand Suicide” that can also lead to difficulty finding your next opportunity.

Never, ever, ever lie.

A no–brainer, right? Apparently not, because people are constantly making the news about careers that are ruined because someone grossly exaggerated (or flat out lied) about something in their background.

You may remember the high–profile MIT admissions dean who incorporated just enough untruths in her résumé to undo her career. And of course a Notre Dame football coach gained notoriety when his résumé lies were uncovered. And the latest tombstone to make national front page news is the Dinner: Impossible chef. His goose was over–cooked.

Just imagine the gruesome details that would haunt a senior–level finance executive. Remember the TV show, the “Untouchables”?

The Internet is a global lie detector, and eventually all lies will be uncovered. Little white lies, exaggerations, and misstatements can be just as devastating as big lies.