Conscience Gets the Better of Resume Fraudster


Many who lie on their resume do so in good conscience.  There are some who feel guilty about their deception, but not guilty enough to turn themselves in.  Every now and then, however, there will be someone riddled with shame over the lies they have told and own up to it.  Such is the case with Andrea Stanfield, a woman whose lies obtained her a yearly income topping six figures.  Ms. Stanfield wrote a book about her experience dealing with resume fraud and the new-found honesty she obtained.

Faking it can work, but…

By Dalia Colon, St. Petersburg Times – October 27, 2008

For Andrea Stanfield, there’s no such thing as a little white lie. In 1998, Stanfield exaggerated her resume to include a bachelor’s degree from Akron University when she actually held only a high school diploma. The fact that the northeast Ohio school’s real name is the University of Akron should have been a dead giveaway, but this detail slipped passed HR — and nearly everyone else in Stanfield’s life. The fib led to jobs in the financial sectors of three Tampa Bay companies, where her salary with bonuses topped six figures.

To keep the lie going, the Coquina Key resident had to invent more falsehoods: funny stories about college, a fake diploma. She even deceived her husband and mother. By the time she was 33, a decade after she’d first lied, Stanfield was having anxiety attacks. She felt guilty for encouraging her subordinates and her daughter, now 11, to go to college when she hadn’t. Figuring she’d get fired as soon as the truth came out, Stanfield resigned without saying why.

She recounts her tale, including whether her marriage survived, in Phony! How I Faked My Way Through Life, which the publisher assured us has been vetted.