One of the first posts I wrote about was writing a magnificent resume. If you work hard for your credentials you certainly want to flaunt them and I fully support that, but I do not support falsifying your credentials. Take a look at what is going on with the current Yahoo CEO.
The Yahoo CEO supposedly claimed that he had a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science. It was found out through one of the members of the board of directors, coincidently a member whose organization is trying to get more seats on the board. When does stretching the truth on your previous employment or educational credentials become falsifying.
When you think about it you can really fluff up any job to make it seem like the work functions are much more complex than the actual tasks performed. That is what professional resume writers do; they add fluff and critique your writing to what hiring managers want to see.
With the availability of the internet at our fingers now, you really have to be careful to make sure that you do not commit resume fraud. You can do a quick Google search on yourself to see what comes up and you may be pleasantly surprised. According to Hire Right which is a firm that does background checks on resumes:
80% of all resumes are misleading
20% state fraudulent degrees
30% show altered employment dates
40% have inflated salary claims
30% have inaccurate job descriptions
27% give falsified references
Is it ever acceptable to falsify anything on your resume? What about if you say that you have done cost accounting but you have only viewed the materials that went into the costing? Is that acceptable?