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What are the implications of including false information on a resume just to enhance it?

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egordon6 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM via web

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What are the implications of including false information on a resume just to enhance it?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #1)

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There are some fairly intense implications for embellishing or including false information on a resume.  In general, I would say that it is wrong to do so.  I think that not being able to act in full disclosure in trying to obtain a job sets a fairly bad tone for any relationship between an applicant and the organization.  At the same time, I think that the advent of the Internet has made it easier for employers to "fact check" resumes and catch any false information made in order to enhance it.  Certainly, one can be coloful and creative with use of language.  Yet, it becomes something that impacts the job prospects of the individual if false information is included on a resume simply to enhance it.  A recent survey found this out in stark terms:

And as some recent corporate scandals have highlighted, the consequences can be severe. More than a quarter of the people who admitted padding their resumes - 27 percent - said they subsequently lost their job when the false information was later discovered. An additional 3 percent said they were not offered a job after their resume padding was uncovered.

At a time when transparency and ensuring that full disclosure is of the utmost concern in businesses and organizations, it only heightens the need for full and open treatment on resumes.  In this vein, including false information becomes wrong and must be seen as that.  In the final analysis, a resume is an opportunity to connect with an organization.  If that connection is tainted, it does not spell good things for the rest of the tenure with the organization.  The first steps in approaching an organization should be open and clear, free of deception in order to substantiate ties that bind between organization and applicant.  It is here where the implications of including false information on a resume just to enhance become profound and the reason why it is wrong to do so.

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