George O’Leary got his dream job and then lost it. Steve Masiello of Manhattan College did the same thing and could not take another job. I have already written about getting fired but I also wanted to write about another specific way to lose a dream job; lying on your resume.
Only about 30% of the US population has a Bachelors degree. So it’s tempting to improve your qualifications. The problem, besides being totally wrong, is that it is easy for an employer to do a background check. Another issue is if there is another employee from the college you “graduated” from. How do you explain yourself if you have no idea what the school is actually like? Also don’t say that you graduated from Harvard if you graduated from a State College (no shade towards state colleges).
It’s such a tough job market that it’s understandable to say you worked for Google or Microsoft. Working for a smaller company is not a negative. There you would have more responsibility and more exposure to all facets of the business. Working at a small business may give you experience with billing, collections, bookkeeping/accounting, payroll and account payable. There is no need to lie about this.
Being part of a research team or published works when you weren’t. Everyone likes to be part of a winning team and get a ring. “Look at what I accomplished” and “what I was part of”. Again, this is just another thing that can be fact-checked by your employer. Just emphasize your strengths and what you actually have learned.
I took an Excel test when interviewing for BIG MEDIA and thought it was a great idea. At BIG RETAIL there were too many times I worked with people who had no idea how to do a vlookup or a pivot table. To be honest I wasn’t that good with Excel when I started either. I was rusty because I didn’t use a computer on a daily basis while working in the selling floor. I had to re-learn all the simple and difficult tricks my first week. I’m a big proponent of testing skills specific to the job to weed out those who have zero experience with the application or program.
Work towards getting your degree
Emphasize your true skills
Improve your skills
Use tutorials to freshen up tasks that you do not normally use
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