Liar, Liar Pants on Fire
December 23, 2008
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.
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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