The departure of Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson after the discovery of his padded resume, which I wrote about for Fortune Magazine, highlights the importance for any of us to accurately portray our accomplishments. Thompson's resume somehow gained an additional college major he didn't earn, but other famous examples have included false institutions, accomplishments and positions. Once such fibs are discovered, the consequences have been dire indeed.
One executive I interviewed for the article said he received several resumes from the same company in which each individual applying for the job claimed sole responsibility for the same accomplishment. All those resumes ended up in the trash, so you don't need to be outed in the media in order to suffer for an inflated resume.
Have you ever been tempted to fudge your resume a bit? The lines are actually pretty clear. It's acceptable to leave off dates if you want to avoid age discrimination, but not to alter them if you're trying to hide a gap in your career path. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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