Lie On A Resume And Your Goose Is Cooked
EDINA, Minn. (RUSHPRNEWS) March 5, 2008 â€“ Job seekers can learn a valuable lesson from Robert Irvine, the British-born chef and former host of Dinner: Impossible on the Food Network. “Cooking up an embellished resume is a recipe for disaster,” says author and employment expert Kevin Donlin.
Irvine was fired from his TV job after he admitted to lying about being a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and exaggerating his role as a traveling chef for heads of state.
“Job seekers are most likely to lie on resumes about three things: education, the years they worked for a company, and job titles. Yet these are the easiest for employers to check,” says Donlin.
“If you’re not caught when an employer checks your references, you still can’t relax. Because many companies make it a policy to fire anyone caught lying on their applications — even if it’s years later. So when you fib on your resume, you risk not only termination, but public humiliation that could get you barred from an industry for life, as Irvine likely will be.”
Lying on resumes is widespread. A survey that included 1,000 hiring managers, conducted by CareerBuilder.com, found 57% percent of hiring managers had caught lies on candidate applications.
“Lying on your resume is simply not worth the risk. Especially when there are perfectly legitimate ways to position your credentials — the lack of a degree, for example — and still win the interview,” says Donlin.
Kevin Donlin is the author of 2 books on job search, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Radio, Fox TV and others. He is the creator of www.TheSimpleJobSearch.com.
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