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Lying On A Job Resume?  
User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Hi All,

After traveling for 10 months, I have returned to Sydney to look for a job.

It has been around 16 months since my last serious job at very large multinational company (with the Australian subsidiary based in Sydney).

I joined this company at a very young age and was a very diligent and enthusiastic employee. I ended up working for them in a head office capacity for 3 years. However I was employed as an intern (but did the role of graduate) and then was promoted to a graduate role (and did the job of about 2 people who were above me. Those 2 people were doing the roles of the people above them... get the idea?... The company paid less but give you the job not of your title but, the job above you.)

I basically left because they didn't take care of me after I had an injury and I wanted to go traveling. And I did that.

Since then, I spent 6 months off working in Cambodia (doing random job, nothing that would be beneficial to mention on a resume) and then 10 months traveling around Asia, Europe and the USA.

So now I am back in Australia looking for a job. In order to make with my resume look better. I have replaced the title intern with graduate, and graduate with the role above. I have NOT at all lied about the job responsibilities I had as they speak for themselves.

I have done this as I am applying for jobs at the role level above Graduate. I feel this will make me stand out more and won't look like (graduate works for a little bit, goes on a holiday and then comes back!).

Can anyone advise about this? Potential repercussions? Do you think it's a big deal? What would you do if you were a manager and you discovered that there was just a title change?

Given this, I have also had to inflate my salary to that of the level above graduate.

For those that have a "fake it til you make it" modus operandi, how should I go around this with references? I didn't exactly leave the company on a positive note (it wasn't negative by any means, it just wasn't as positive as I wanted it to be).

Before you comment, I can predict that some of you will think that I'm some unqualified individual trying to get a job they think they are qualified. That is not the case. I worked my A$$ off for this company and they didn't return the favor (both financially and professionally). I am just trying to work myself into a role where I don't have to be a sh!t kicker again.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Before all else, you ought to remove you real name from your profile page if you're going to ask this sort of question in a public forum.  


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User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 1):
Before all else, you ought to remove you real name from your profile page if you're going to ask this sort of question in a public forum.

Fear not. That's not my real name by a long shot.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2285 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Reply 2):
Fear not. That's not my real name by a long shot.

So you also lie about your real name...



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

First rule - Never, Never, Ever Lie or over-embellish/pad on a resume. Many employers will check out references, verify with past employers and educational institutions, check financial information and do so even more than they use to. They know there is extensive lying on resumes and need to weed out the overwhelming numbers of candidates/applicants they have for jobs and to keep out bad employees. Making bad choices costs many thousands in wasted compensation and the costs of searching for a replacement. Then if get caught lying and fired, it can also become part of your record you cannot easily explain hurting future employment opportunities.

User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 4):
First rule - Never, Never, Ever Lie or over-embellish/pad on a resume. Many employers will check out references, verify with past employers and educational institutions

Amen to that.

My wife used to work for a security company here in the UK, many job applicants came from overseas. She managed to find lies applicants had told about previous work experience and criminal records in places like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Nigeria etc. her findings got a lot fired and a few jailed and even deported. With modern technology lies get found out however far from home you try and settle.


User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
However I was employed as an intern (but did the role of graduate) and then was promoted to a graduate role (and did the job of about 2 people who were above me.

Why not say you where an intern, but describe in details the work you did. Your future employer can then make an honest assessment fo your capabilities. Being "just" an intern/graduate is no shame. The work an intern does depends per company. For some companies it's little more then a cheap cleaner and coffee delivery service, while other companies through their interns into the deep. So just tell them what you did, as opposed to naming your position.



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User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 6):
Why not say you where an intern, but describe in details the work you did. Your future employer can then make an honest assessment fo your capabilities. Being "just" an intern/graduate is no shame. The work an intern does depends per company. For some companies it's little more then a cheap cleaner and coffee delivery service, while other companies through their interns into the deep. So just tell them what you did, as opposed to naming your position.

This. I've done plenty hiring/firing in my days. I'm going to look for someone ambitious but honest. If you worked your tail off and went above and beyond your position, I look on that very favorably. If you are over inflating yourself and your self worth, I'm going to notice that flaw in your personality and show you the door. Maybe it is just me, but I would personally find it interesting that a person has living in several other countries and worked. Those experiences would be great interview topics and really help expose the type of person you are to the interviewer. Why you are wanting to hide it is beyond me, and a bit disturbing. The other thing to drop the sense of entitlement that I'm getting. It isn't attractive to employers and if you give off the impression you are still jaded by your last big employer, why would they want that cancer in their work force?

Hopefully the honest and blunt feedback here will help. Good luck on the job search.


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I say leave the real titles. If you were an intern with greater than intern responsibilities is shows you as being quite capable. I know I would see that as a plus.

I have hired students just completing school over those that were out of school for several years based on the actual responsibilities that s/he had and not titles in past positions.

And as other say, never falsify. It will catch up to you.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 4):
First rule - Never, Never, Ever Lie or over-embellish/pad on a resume. Many employers will check out references, verify with past employers and educational institutions, check financial information and do so even more than they use to.

  

It's not worth the risk.. and I don't know about you but my conscience would not last to do this kind of thing, especially if you get a job based on a lie in your resume that you are not qualified for.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 4):
check financial information

My financial status is none of the employer´s business, period. We had this issue once when BMW discovered that one of the union shop stewards and assembly line workers in their motorcycle factory in Berlin was in fact a millionaire.
His parents owned several factories and even sent him to one of Ivy league universities in the US, where he finished with a degree.
The only thing was that he was increasingly leftwing and didn´t want to have anything to do with his parent´s wealth. Even after his parents died and he inherited the factories, he set up a foundation, which would use the profits for charitable purposes, but not for himself..
Instead he took a job as an ordinary factory worker, enjoyed it and was good at it. He got active in the local union and got elected shop steward. Now he was one of those the company management couldn´t buy. He was very popular with his colleagues, because he really took up issues the workers were interested in and, due to his university experience (which his colleagues never knew), he could argue successfully.
Then BMW found out that he was a multimillionaire and fired him because "he didn´t tell them that he was financially independent".
The whole thing went to labour court through several instances and it was decided that it is none of the employer´s business how much an employee owns.

Jan


User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
I ended up working for them in a head office capacity for 3 years. However I was employed as an intern (but did the role of graduate) and then was promoted to a graduate role (and did the job of about 2 people who were above me. Those 2 people were doing the roles of the people above them... get the idea?... The company paid less but give you the job not of your title but, the job above you.)
Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
In order to make with my resume look better. I have replaced the title intern with graduate, and graduate with the role above. I have NOT at all lied about the job responsibilities I had as they speak for themselves.

But you did lie about your title. Don't lie on your resume...period. But feel free to emphasize in your description of your tasks that you were asked and called upon to do work that is usually the responsibility of individuals of higher ranks within the company. That is the way to approach the issue, as you a) dont lie, and b) make yourself look better in the process by demonstrating that you were an overachiever.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Quoting us330 (Reply 11):
But you did lie about your title. Don't lie on your resume...period. But feel free to emphasize in your description of your tasks that you were asked and called upon to do work that is usually the responsibility of individuals of higher ranks within the company. That is the way to approach the issue, as you a) dont lie, and b) make yourself look better in the process by demonstrating that you were an overachiever.

Right. My younger brother, as a student of electrical engineering and business administration, worked as a lowly paid intern for Siemens. While still being an intern he was put in charge of a multi-million Euro development project of a new technical system (IIRC it had something to do with optoelectronics), which was way above what interns usually do.

Jan


User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3376 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
Since then, I spent 6 months off working in Cambodia (doing random job, nothing that would be beneficial to mention on a resume) and then 10 months traveling around Asia, Europe and the USA.

Any work experience is worth mentioning on a resume, if you were working on your travels it's plenty relevant even if the duties of that job isn't relevant to what you are applying for.

The only time I was say it would be ok to hide a job is if you were sacked after a short period of time.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
My financial status is none of the employer´s business, period. We had this issue once when BMW discovered that one of the union shop stewards and assembly line workers in their motorcycle factory in Berlin was in fact a millionaire.

A company should not run a credit check on you without your consent, but if you are going to be working for a company where you will be handling company money then your credit might be of interest to them. For the fact that if you are bad with your own money then you have the risk to be bad with theirs.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2404 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):

Great story - reminds me of Stanislaw Sosabowski. It took until his funeral until most of his factory colleagues and friends learned that he was a World War II general.


Back to the topic: Don't lie, but feel free to write a summary of what you have done at your past workplace. Take your time to write down what your responsibilities were, the names of your superiors, at which branch and at which location you've worked. And be prepared to answer questions, as they might – and rightfully so – scrutinize your self-made "reference letter".

By being honest, no trust has ever been destroyed. If you damage trust by being outgoing and honest, the trust wasn't a real one to begin with.

They might have suspicions about your application, but give them a chance to see that you are aware of both your work experience and your uncomfortable situation.



David



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Never lie about education/degrees and verifiable information. But you can stretch the truth on achievements specific to your prior job. Not lie, but fluff it up a bit. As far as I know ex-employers can't give out information like that.


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 4):
Many employers will check out references, verify with past employers and educational institutions, check financial information and do so even more than they use to.

Some companies refuse to even acknowledge that a person worked for them. My previous employer would not do so, as they wouldn't verify that I worked there when my current employer was checking my work history. I knew that they wouldn't verify, as when I was working for that company, I had been in the office with the boss when the company an ex-employee was applying at called to verify and he said, "we don't do that". It's not uncommon, as I remember I was trying to get hired on at a place about 11 years ago and the only thing that prevented me from the getting the job was that they could never get my last employer to verify that I worked there. Of course in both cases, these companies had such high turnover rates, some of these employees were easily forgotten.

More and more companies are turning to more in-depth background checks and even running a credit check on potential employees. Folks applying for jobs that involve driving also have to get a motor vehicle report that lists any traffic tickets during a certain period (Some companies require a 3-year MVR while others a 5-year.). Some companies are doing background checks that are similar to the background checks one has to undergo in order get an airport SIDA badge. Companies are even checking social media sites to see if there is anything about you on those sites that may be damaging to one's reputation.

Lying or embellishing one's resume has long been a common practice (one should really never do it, but it happens anyway since the job market is fierce), but in today's day and age, it's easier to shoot holes through them and uncover the tweaked information. Some people leave out information that would automatically get them removed from consideration (such as an arrest, even for a minor offense) and then when that information comes out in the background report, that may cost them the job.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 13):
A company should not run a credit check on you without your consent, but if you are going to be working for a company where you will be handling company money then your credit might be of interest to them. For the fact that if you are bad with your own money then you have the risk to be bad with theirs.

You have to sign off on them running any sort of background or credit check, and in most cases, that permission is given by signing the application. Some companies do have separate forms that you sign to grant that permission, but not all of them do it that way. Pretty much all companies these days run some sort of background check on a potential new hire; it's pretty much done for liability reasons, as they need to protect themselves in case something happens. For example, if you were running a trucking company, you wouldn't want to hire a driver that had a number of traffic tickets in the last 3 years as that driver may be more at risk to getting into an accident with your vehicle than someone who hasn't had one in years.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 13):

A company should not run a credit check on you without your consent, but if you are going to be working for a company where you will be handling company money then your credit might be of interest to them. For the fact that if you are bad with your own money then you have the risk to be bad with theirs.

So if you are in debts, you can´t get a job to pay off your debts because you are in debts...   
So what e.g. you took a loan and then lost your job (e.g. your boss went bankrupt, happened to me without a warning, or you are made redundant). Now you are looking for a job to pay off your loan, but because the sudden unemployment you might be behind payments. In my case I discussed the case with my bank manager and got it sorted. I also had a new job pretty fast. But if the new boss checks your credit rating and decideds not to hire you because you got a bad one, how can you ever get out of debt again?
Same with people who had a non-job related criminal history. Under the Anglo-Saxon system it is almost impossible to make a fresh start.

Jan


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21630 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
Can anyone advise about this?

Don't. Just list the actual responsibilities that you had - you were an intern, but you were assigned, and did, graduate-level stuff. That'll look good.

-Mir



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19703 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

I agree with much of the advice given above.

Also, remember: When you lie and get the job, you're NEVER "past" the lie. The lie is always in your present and in your future. It's always lurking just one step ahead of you waiting to get uncovered. You live that lie every day of your life and it hangs over you like a spider coming out of the ceiling. You never know when it is going to drop on your head.

Quoting Mir (Reply 18):
Don't. Just list the actual responsibilities that you had - you were an intern, but you were assigned, and did, graduate-level stuff. That'll look good.

I agree.


User currently offlinePu From Sweden, joined Dec 2011, 697 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Companies lie all the time and it is allowable to explain this as "just business." Bankruptcy is legal permission to break written promises, a change in the "business environment" allows a revision of earlier commitments, and most every large company will happily act immorally (especially in the 3rd world) if they don't fear negative repercussions.

All the scary stories and pontificating in this thread are just symptoms of a herd mentality. References don't get checked and background investigations in most cases are limited to uncovering criminal convictions. All the sternly worded warnings to you here wouldn't be necessary if they were actually accurate - as resume dishonesty would in fact be impossible presuming the all-knowing ability of corprorate recruiters were as advertised. If the alternative to the minor dishonesty you suggest is not being able to get a job, you have every right to manipulate your resume to the same degree of dishonesty you feel employers use themselves.

Pu


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Quoting Pu (Reply 20):
References don't get checked and background investigations in most cases are limited to uncovering criminal convictions.

Even with this there are limits. E.g. every two years I´ve got to undergo a security check for my airport clearance. This is done by a government agency, which does a complete criminal records check (not just convictions, but also trials and prosecutions in progress) and also checks with the intelligence services if one is know to them in a negative way.
The exactly results are NEVER given to the employer. All the employer knows is that the person passed the check or not.
If there is a problem, the government agency will contact the employee directly to ask for a written statement (best done with the help of a lawyer). It won´t go via the employer.
And a number ofr courts in Germany have decided that only job-related offenses can be an obstacle to an airport clearance.
Examples are: any violent crime, any crime involving explosives or weapons, any crime involving drugs or smuggling (the airport is extraterritorial for customs and bringing stuff illegally through the airport boundaries is smuggling), political or religious extremism.
An airport firefighter, who once cheated a buyer about some faults in the house he sold, and got convicted for fraud, had to be re-employed.
The same applied to an aircraft mechanic in Dresden, who during the communist period, was listed as a stooge for the East German internal intelligence service. The court arguued that at this time Communist East Germany had ceased to exist for more than 15 years and that being listed as a stool pidgeon didn´t mean that the person did it voluntarily (often blackmail by the authorities was used to get somebody to spy on his colleagues and friends) and the quality of the information sent by the spy varied (many, especially the involuntary ones just reported nonsense and general gossip, but nothing of value).
Again, the state authorities had to issue an airside clearance.

Jan


User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1858 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 8):
This. I've done plenty hiring/firing in my days. I'm going to look for someone ambitious but honest. If you worked your tail off and went above and beyond your position, I look on that very favorably. If you are over inflating yourself and your self worth, I'm going to notice that flaw in your personality and show you the door. Maybe it is just me, but I would personally find it interesting that a person has living in several other countries and worked. Those experiences would be great interview topics and really help expose the type of person you are to the interviewer. Why you are wanting to hide it is beyond me, and a bit disturbing. The other thing to drop the sense of entitlement that I'm getting. It isn't attractive to employers and if you give off the impression you are still jaded by your last big employer, why would they want that cancer in their work force?

Hopefully the honest and blunt feedback here will help. Good luck on the job search.

I like what you've said... alot. However I wish it was that easy in Australia. I don't think that recruitment agencies or potential managers see it like you do. They look at qualifications and say "right... how can we pay him less". I know this because my best friend works for a very large recruiter, plus I have been given the run around by many recruiters already.

How do I upsell myself (and of course my salary) when I say the true role titles? I just think they'll be like "Oh... Another Graduate?"


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19703 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Reply 22):
How do I upsell myself (and of course my salary) when I say the true role titles? I just think they'll be like "Oh... Another Graduate?"

You honestly, but complimentarily, say what you did. If you did graduate-level work, say so.

Also, once you get the job, you will start to gain this thing called "on-the-job experience" and in two or three years (which goes past pretty quickly, believe me), you have THAT on your resume and suddenly everyone is a lot more interested in you!


User currently offlinedfwrevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 977 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Quoting Pu (Reply 20):
Bankruptcy is legal permission to break written promises, a change in the "business environment" allows a revision of earlier commitments, and most every large company will happily act immorally (especially in the 3rd world) if they don't fear negative repercussions.

All of these actions are hugely damaging to the reputation and credibility of a business. Just like personal dishonesty. The majority of businesses that enter bankruptcy protection will liquidate and cease to exist.

Quoting Pu (Reply 20):
All the scary stories and pontificating in this thread are just symptoms of a herd mentality.

Your perspective shows the lack of character that those of us running reputable businesses want to diligently avoid.  
Quoting Pu (Reply 20):
If the alternative to the minor dishonesty you suggest is not being able to get a job, you have every right to manipulate your resume to the same degree of dishonesty you feel employers use themselves.

That is pathetic. What gives you the right to judge "the degree of dishonesty" of a business? It's entirely subjective, which means you place no absolute standards on personal integrity in matters of business. And if it is permissible to make "minor" fibs to get your foot in the door, then it's also permissible to pad your time sheets to a "minor" degree since the hours are paid by a "dishonest" business.

This is not sanctimonious or self-righteous advice: those who act unethically in business eventually get caught and suffer far worse consequences than if they had acted honestly. Whether you get caught during your application, or as a middle manager, or at the top of the org chart, it is not worth it. Just be honest, and if you aren't qualified for the job, there will be other opportunities.


25 FlyboyOz : Lying is totally WRONG!! Also, don't worry about your experience on your resume. Not many companies are interested in your experience but interesting
26 CXB77L : Other than what everyone else has suggested - give your true title at your previous job but emphasise your actual role by listing your duties - I thi
27 ltbewr : Another suggestion I would make it to review the numerous job finding and resume help websites for ways to improve your resume but not step over the l
28 Pellegrine : Job titles are bullshit. It's more about what you did in a position and the experience you gained. Your official title doesn't even often have relevan
29 StarAC17 : Dealing with recruiters is a new thing to me when I moved down here and I think they a huge annoyance and have their own agenda, they base everything
30 us330 : You'd be surprised how small the world is, especially when you are staying in similar industries in the same geographic area. As Doc said, a lie is s
31 Post contains links and images Superfly : Here is someone who is honest. Brutally honest on their resume.
32 AR385 : You simply cannot do this. It´s dishonest. Besides, there is a good chance you will get caught and then things will be worse. What you can do, is in
33 Pu : Defensive much? I was referring to companies putting forward an honest face in the first world but routinely getting away with murder in the 3rd worl
34 AR385 : You obviously have not much information about the hiring and recruiting process, which the people who have given the stern warnings in this thread do
35 stasisLAX : Okay, here's my view on this topic. Never EVER lie about employment dates, job titles, salary amounts, or educational/professional (including military
36 Maverick623 : And when he is allowed to give himself his own title, he can do that. The fact is he was an intern, not a graduate. The reasons for changing it are i
37 curtisman : Do not lie. There is no way around it. You can be fully honest and sell yourself - but do not lie. It WILL come back to haunt you. I am a firm believe
38 Post contains links Scooter01 : Interesting that this topic came up. Very recently a Government official here in Norway got convicted for falsifying her educational credentials. Iro
39 Pu : I think that's a great story. It is very often those "guilty" of something that are the loudest voices telling others not to do it. For instance, mos
40 curtisman : I am certainly not guilty of what you are suggesting. And I am not so much concerned about the employer being misled. My concern is around people att
41 DocLightning : Well, I'm nto talking to the employer, am I? I'm appealing to the OP's self-interest. And no, I have never lied, imbellished, or padded a resume. My
42 Pu : Exactly right, no one here is crying for the "victim"'s interests. My point is that with replies like this that consider only AA7295's point of view,
43 StarAC17 : If you are really worried about references then add in "References available upon request" Then only provide them if asked. Most employers only conta
44 AR385 : True. That is what I have in my resumé. But the impression I got from the OP was that they had asked him for them repeatedly. And for the record, I
45 Maverick623 : AFAIK, you can answer that however you please. Not that I advocate lying, but in the US a former employer is generally not able to say anything excep
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