Truthiness in resumes…

Interesting article from Wharton that asks: “When do exaggerations and misstatements cross the line?”

Here is a short extract from the article, just to get you chuckling a bit —

He recounts the story of Marilee Jones, a former dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of a popular guide to the college admissions process. Although she encouraged college applicants not to overstate their accomplishments, Jones resigned from her position in 2007 after it was discovered that she had fabricated two academic degrees on her initial job application in 1979 and added a third later on. “I think what happens is that people feel under pressure, so they misrepresent something to give themselves an edge and it becomes very hard to correct,” Schweitzer notes. “In the case of Jones, she lied about her educational background when she started working at MIT and it was 28 years before they caught it. At some point, it becomes hard to take [fabrications] off a resume.”

So my take is — you definitely don’t want to be making things up!! As the article points out, we now live in an always-on, 24×7 world where most information is only a search term or two away.. comments?



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