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The Ethics of Resume Writing

This article is about writing a resume for a job and when you cross the line ethically. This article states that “over 50% of people lie on their resume” (Korver). It also states that “executives caught lying on their resumes often lose their jobs” (Korver). It also talks about how people rationalize on their resumes. For example, “creating a more impressive job title because you were already doing all of the work of that position” (Korver), or “inflating the number of people or range of functions for which you had direct responsibility because you really did have a great deal of influence over them” (Korver) are rationalizations that people can put on their resumes. The best thing to do when deciding if whatever you put in your resume is ethical is to switch yourself with the hiring manger looking at your resume, or imagine your accomplishments on your resume were printed on the front page of the paper. Another thing the article suggests is to ask an old boss which may be difficult but will have its benefits.


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  1. riderash
    November 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    That is good advice for resume writing. Especially in this economy people are becoming more and more desperite for a job so resume fraud is getting worse. A resume is kind of a way to show off what you have done so i feel as if everyone will inflate what they have done to make them look better. The person doing the hring needs to investigate the truth of the resume by contacting references or old employers. I feel that is the only way to know the truth.

  2. courtnei86
    December 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Lying on a resume will eventually be caught if you get the job. Obviously if you lie about what you did at your last job the interviewer will find out when they call for a reference. Listing every skill that you have is a good way to boost your resume but do not flat out lie. What if the one skill you lied about is the skill that got you the job. Your resume is you on paper. Dont sell yourself short but dont cross the line by lying. That will only cause more problems in this economy.

  3. mauiwowie1
    December 5, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Lying on resume is definitely wrong but people do it anyway because they are desperate for jobs or trying to impress the employer. And sometimes people get away with lying and never get caught. The employers should always do a background check to make sure that the resume given was true. People should always tell the truth on their resumes because you never know when it will backfire on you.

  4. pjeffenb
    December 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Everyone puts false information on their resume to make themselves look good. I feel as long as you are still qualified to do the job than lying on a resume is not as bad.

  5. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I think this is just a fact of life almost. Most people who don’t have great resumes pad them to make them standout. Unfortunately, the only way to check these things is for businesses to put more money in HR and most companies aren’t willing to put more money into there HR than is absolutely necessary.

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