Truth and Integrity
As recruiters we
sometimes receive resumes which upon review don't appear to
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
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?