You have to literally be living under a rock not to have heard about the Tiger Woods scandal. His lying has not only cost him a stable family life but many big name sponsors have completely dropped sponsoring him, costing Tiger millions of dollars. Now I know his situation is far from what you and I get into every day, but if we look at it from a different perspective its really not.
Tiger misrepresented himself to his employers (his sponsors) and when the “cookie crumbled” he was sent packing. Padding your resume, AKA lying on it, can cost you a future job or even your current one. Millions of people do it every day, a slightly higher GPA here, a better job title there and bravo; you are qualified for that job! You get called in for an interview and you notice the sun is shining brighter and the birds are singing a little sweeter. You go in and you are rocking the interview, everything is coming up roses… until you are asked to demonstrate your fluency in shorthand or provide a hard copy of your college transcript. Then you retreat home, jobless; it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella.
Not only have you lost this job but you don’t know what contacts this employer has with other ones. The boss at the next job you apply for might just be his best friend and even if you are completely honest with this resume your reputation is not. So a good rule of thumb to live by is DON’T LIE ON YOUR RESUME! It will only come back to bite you someday, just like it did in these fine cases:
1. Candidate claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family
2. Applicant invented a school that did not exist
3. Job seeker submitted a résumé with someone else's photo inserted into the document
4. Candidate claimed to be a member of Mensa
5. Applicant claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had
6. Job seeker claimed to be the CEO of a company when he was an hourly employee
7. Candidate listed military experience dating back to before he was born
8. Job seeker included samples of work, which were actually those of the interviewer
9. Candidate claimed to have been a professional baseball player (CareerBuilder)