Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Truth in Advertising

We've said it before, but it seems worth saying again: Always tell the truth on your resume.

Job hunters should be forgiven for feeling like they are criminals before they even get to the interview. But increasingly, employers are looking to protect their reputations and deflect any liability if they unwittingly hire a crook or a fraudster. So job offers routinely come with a big string attached—passing a background screen.

PricewaterhouseCoopers recruiters thought they had bagged a terrific job candidate until a check found he hadn't attended the college where he said he had earned his undergraduate degree.

"We gave him a chance to provide documentation," said Jennifer Allyn, a human resources manager for the accounting giant. "He said he was in some dispute with the school and concocted a whole story that made no sense."

The company rescinded the offer.

Honesty always best policy when writing up your resume [Chicago Tribune]

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