You Are Your Resume
Some people may want to lie or stretch the truth about their skills and qualifications, especially when they have been through a difficult circumstance and are not sure how to talk about it, but this is both unethical and risky! The last question on almost every job application today asks you to attest that the information on your application is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. If an employer learns that you misrepresented your skills and experience, it is grounds for immediate termination.
Jobs play a really important roles in our lives… so much so that we might be willing to cut corners or compromise our values to get a job. But here are three important reasons to keep your resume honest and accurate, even when it feels really hard to do so.
Employers regularly perform background checks.
- Most employers complete a thorough background check and look at your references, whether it’s a gap in your work history or the circumstances around a sensitive topic, such as time spent incarcerated. These facts are easy to uncover and any discrepancy can ruin your credibility and cost you the job. It’s better to be truthful from the start.
- If you can’t perform the job competently, it will likely be apparent and can result in job loss. Short term work experiences and being terminated just makes getting the next job even more difficult.
- There’s enough stress around starting a new job…Will I get along with everyone? Will my supervisor like me? Can I do the job? If you have to worry about concealing the truth or covering for your gap in skills, it can be exhausting. Make the transition to your new job easier by starting out with a clean and honest representation of yourself.
By Lee Olafson, Volunteer Web Services Mananger