Misrepresentation: Truth and Integrity
recruiters we sometimes receive resumes which
upon review don't appear to "ring true".
On other occasions we will receive two
applications for different posted positions from
the same applicant which differ from each other
in terms of date continuity, position
responsibilities or titles.
The end result is that the application is
rejected without further investigation as the
attempt to tailor the resume to the demands and
needs of the position have crossed the line of
It is tempting to want to tell the potential
employer or employer's agent exactly what they
seem to want to hear but in the end applicants
who practice this sort of deception do
themselves a great disservice.
Never mind that stated facts on a resume can be
checked and validated, the damage to one's
personal integrity and the compromise of honesty
that is involved can materially affect the
positive momentum of a job search.
With employers retaining reference checking
firms and with recent security initiatives
delving deeper into a potential hire's
employment background, credit history and
checking for evidence of criminal behaviour, it
is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain
employment by dishonest means.
Newcomers may find themselves counseled by
unscrupulous recruitment firms to "change" their
resumes in order to better match the employer's
hiring criteria. However, many employers include
as part of a hiring agreement a clause
stipulating that if any of the statements on an
application form (including the resume) are
found to be untrue in due course, employment
will be summarily terminated.
If you are tempted to misrepresent yourself it
is important to remember that your past and
present accomplishments were more likely
achieved as the result of honest work and
effort. Do you not owe it to yourself and those
who depend upon you to make the next step along
the path to progress with your integrity intact?