Hi everyone I am back again and I apologise for being away from the blogosphere for more than a month as I was taking time off blogging and especially at the midst of the SOPA and PIPA issue which took us internet users around the world by storm. Anyway, I am back and this time around would like to touch on the issue of lying. I don’t mean any lie but this sort of lie that involves a resume.

Lying on a resume is nothing new as it has been in the news every now and then such as cases mentioned in Alicia C. Shephard’s article on the Huffington Post. Or perhaps this famous Adam Wheeler scandal which was in the news very recently (you can read more here and here). However, my question as a blogger is this: is it really worth jeopardising one’s future over a lie in a resume when it comes to applying for a job. Unlike white lies, unfortunately, lying in a resume is a point of no return where that person will guarantee to have sleepless nights where he hopes that he would not be caught out or his luck will just simply run out when he gets found out thanks to a background check and some suspicion. Once that person gets caught out, he can kiss his future goodbye and be humiliated for the rest of his life or worse of all, face the consequences of his action in the form of jail time or a lawsuit from the company he lied to.

However, this kind of lying does not just apply to job applicants alone but also it goes the same to those who lie in their resume (and also on their social networking pages) when they try to enter university or college for a course they are applying for. A few examples of university applicants lying their way into the doors of universities and colleges would include doctoring college/university entrance scores, forging letters of recommendations and academic transcripts or even falsifying claims about one’s employment history.

I know of a real-life example of someone who lies in her both her resume and her social networking profile. This person, let’s call her J, happens to be a former flatmate (and a very toxic frenemy) of one particular friend who left her job with a black mark in her employment record. So why the black mark in her employment record? It is because J has an attitude problem (stemming back from her days flatting as a university student) which made her unpopular with her fellow work colleagues and the people she served. When she left that job, she came home to my friend’s hometown (as she happens to be from the same hometown as my friend) and tried to apply for other jobs but to no avail because of the black mark she sustained due to her bad behaviour in the workplace. Then, J saw a postgraduate course at a prestigious university somewhere in Europe as her a second chance for her and her career only to find that she had to fulfill some criteria in order to enter that course. So out of desperation (from what we were told) she made a false claim on her application and her resume (somehow with a help of a friend it seems) that she worked as a tutor at some college in her hometown to make her application into that postgraduate course easier just to cover the fact that she was unemployed for months with a black mark in her previous employment. That was not all, she had the gall to lie on her social networking page too with that so-called tutor job just to inflate her ego and make herself look bigger than the people whom she deems as threats to her. J lived with that lie for more than a year until we heard in the grapevine recently that some people dobbed her in to the university for lying. As a result, the university was prompted to do a thorough background check on J. To cut the story short, J (along with her deflated ego) altered her social networking profile by omitting that false claim knowing that she has been caught red-handed by a few people who would not stand by and allow her to get away with lying. As far as we know, J’s future is now in jeopardy due to her undoing. Anyway, we do not know what is happening between her and the university but the case of J is a cautionary lesson every graduate and job applicant should take seriously. Once again, lying on a resume is truly not worth it when one’s future in the employment world hangs in the balance.

What says you about the issue of people lying in their resumes whether to apply for a job or for a course? Do you believe companies and tertiary institutes need to do thorough checks on applicants as well as getting tough on people who lie on their resumes especially those who lie about their qualifications and work history? Have you heard or known someone who lied in their resume? Opinions are welcome.

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