Hey, I’m sure we’ve all told a little white lie on our resume at some point in our lives. Maybe you embellished your responsibilities at a previous job or amped up your university grade average to make you look as though you did better than you actually did.
And for a time, you probably got away with it, but as Rainier Wolfcastle would say; “laughing time is over.”
Universities around the country are planning to build a database of all alumni students academic records so that potential employers can check to see if young Johnny really got a HD average. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be exposed for your dirty lies right now, either.
Getting caught out can have some pretty dire consequences too, with one law graduate being disqualified from practicing law for two years after it was discovered that he added false experience and bumped up his grade average.
And whilst most recruiters are pretty good at weeding out the fakes, many employers are still hiring applicants based on fabricated career histories. A high profile example took place in 2014, when Myer hired Andrew Flanagan as an executive on a $400,000 salary, believing they had poached him from Spanish fashion retailer Zara.
The only problem was that he was never Zara’s Managing Director and Vice President for Asia Pacific like his resume stated. In fact, Zara had never even heard of the bloke, and now he’s a convicted criminal. Learn from Andy.
The university database is hoped to be live and fully secure by 2017. Until then, continue lying on your resume at your own peril.