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IN THE NEWS: The Truth About Resume Lies

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thinking about fudging your resume a bit? Brad Karsh discusses the fine line between fact and fiction on resumes in an article on Yahoo! HotJobs:

The gray area between fact and fiction

Almost all career experts advise job seekers to customize their resumes to individual jobs they apply for. So where’s the line between self-promotion and falsehood? Some experts say it can be hard to define. Tim McIntyre, president and CEO of The Executive Search Group explains, “The dictionary says that ‘embellish’ means ‘to make beautiful,’ which is when a candidate is great at self-promotion. The difference between that and a damaging lie varies by industry and profession.”

For instance, financial executives are subject to more-intense scrutiny than many people going into entry-level positions that don’t involve money.

But at any point in your career, stretching the truth is risky--especially on official job applications. Brad Karsh, president and founder of JobBound, doesn’t see a gray area at all: “Any uncovered fib is liable to severely damage your reputation in the workplace.”

Check out the full article now!

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