My favorite radio show just recently switched from nights to mornings. At first I was annoyed, but then I realized it was a good thing because I actually get to listen to more of it, since I can now turn it on my Kindle Fire and listen to it while I get myself and the baby ready to leave the house in the morning.
So this morning as I was driving to work, the conversation on the show surrounded a local restauranteur who was given a review in the Buffalo News a few weeks ago. It was a decent review, but upon further inspection, it was determined that several of the facts that the restaurant owner gave the critic were false.
He claimed to have graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (the Harvard of culinary schools), gone head to head with Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America and won, and to have worked for a prestigious restaurant in New York City, which was actually closed at the time he claims to have worked there.
OK, question #1…How did the article get published without some serious fact checking? Yep, that was a big mistake on the part of the critic, however, the second and more important question is, why do you have to lie on your resume in the first place?
“Be honest on your resume. The simple truth is, you don’t want a job that you’re not qualified to do.”
The simple truth is, you don’t want a job that you’re not qualified to do. Period. Because whether your prospective employer runs a background check and discovers this before you get hired (we have had candidates lie about what school they graduated from and it’s been discovered during the background check…they’re no longer in our system) or it’s discovered after you start the job when you’re completely unable to complete required tasks, it’s going to happen.
You can’t pull the wool over your employers eyes and have a good outcome. And truthfully, don’t you want to know that you’re going to work every day and doing what you’re supposed to do and being successful at it?
You can’t do that if every day is a perpetual lie. And honestly, it is a crappy approach to getting a job, because now you’ve just shut another person out of the same job because you lied better than they told the truth.
Don’t pat yourself on the back, there’s nothing good about that.
So if an interviewer asks if you’re familiar with a certain skill or technology, don’t fudge your way through it and think you can figure it out later. Be honest on your resume. It builds your credibility with your interviewer and it really sheds light on whether you are truly right for that position or if you should keep looking.
Admitting what you don’t know will go a long way towards continued professional development. Many times if you’re the right candidate, the employer will overlook a skill missing and offer to train for it. That’s much better than losing face once you have the job and disappointing your manager, co-workers and ultimately yourself, don’t you think?