Project Management

Success, Lies And Resumes

Lonnie Pacelli

Your resume is meant to inform, impress and inspire, but don’t get carried away. Most employers spend about 20 seconds with each resume, and they’re mostly looking to weed out applicants. In presenting a concise, compelling case for why you should be considered for an interview, it is crucial that you ‘keep it real.’

Notre Dame football coach George O’Leary resigned five days after being hired, admitting he lied about his academic and athletic background. O'Leary claimed to have a master's degree in education and to have played college football for three years, but checks into his background showed it wasn't true.
 
Veritas CFO Kenneth Lonchar was fired because he claimed he had a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Further research showed that he did not hold an MBA from any school. Ironically, Veritas in Latin means “truth”.
 
Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, was suspended for a year from Mount Holyoke College for lying about serving in the Vietnam War.
 
Each of these examples, while high profile and extreme, all fell from the same tree: people lying on their resumes to help influence an employer to hire them. Aside from the fact that each of the above cases resulted in job loss or suspension, they also all endured the humiliation of being publicly labeled as a liar. Not the best way to be …

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