Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Jason Morris

This is a great blog posting I came across this morning about resume fraud.  It’s about a women named Andrea Stranfield who lied on her resume and years later came clean! She wrote a book about her experience.

To Lie or Not To Lie – There Is No Question

When creating your resume, it is important to maintain a balance between including relevant information without overwhelming the interviewer with superfluous detail.  Further, you should only include details you can provide evidence for, should this be required. There have been several documented cases of people lying on the resumes and suffering the consequences. And the worst outcomes don’t always involved simple job loss.

Andrea Stanfield, for instance, told her employer that she had a business degree, when she didn’t. She paved a well-regarded career for herself in management for several years before the stress of the lie became too much and she decided to come clean. She wrote a book about her experience called “Phony! How I Faked My Way Through Life”. Audio interview: Phony: How I faked my way through life Her story certainly makes you want to think twice about any level of resume deception.

Of course, nowadays it’s fairly difficult to tell too big of a big lie. Background checking by recruitment companies is stringent, and employers often turn to third party investigation firms to make sure that the wool isn’t being pulled over their eyes.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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