Most of us have thought about it. It really wouldn’t hurt to pad out your grades or previous work experience, or would it?
According to reports on CNN, the CEO of Yahoo, Scott Thompson has resigned following the discovery of an embellished college degree. He had claimed that he holds a bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Computer Science , although the former is the only true certificate.
On Mashable.com, there is a poll with a harsh “Yahoo must fire him ASAP” option currently leading vote, shortly followed by the fairer and more forgiving choice, “Decades of corporate success outweigh a padded resume. Give him a chance”.
Yahoo had been transformed by Thompson’s leadership, raising the share price and just beginning a profit-increasing strategy before the news came to light. In the third replacement CEO replacement in as many years, the troubled company has given three board seats to a hedge fund led by Daniel Loeb.
Officially, it is a dismissible offence to make false claims on your C.V. résumé. Apart from giving you a temporary advantage over other applicants whom have remained truthful, it’s more than likely that you’ll be found out. Some view the act of padding out experiences and ‘plumping up achievements’ to be unforgivable, while many regard it as common practice. Let us know what you think in the Comments form below.
If you want to impress a potential employer with your C.V., detail achievements with measurable results. People want to see exactly how you’ve grown in your previous positions and the results of your hard work.
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