Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Don't Fake It Here, It's Your Job

How many of you have faked the smallest (yes, considering it forgivable) details in your resume. Oh, don't feel offended, I just knew that it's a bitter reality that many of us do without thinking it a thing that may deserve a thought. If seen in a Cause-and-Effect scenario, at the Cause level, there are several things that might or might not really result into desirable or undesirable effects. In the hopes of good result and thinking our employers chucking the minute lies in our profiles, we falsify very small and very few things like:
  • Marks in qualification (% or CGPA)

  • Date of Joining at previous organization

  • Projects undertaken

  • Functional and technical expertise (in some cases)

  • Total experience (Usually increased to multiples of a year as in, 10-11 months of experience written as one year)

  • Cause of resignation at previous employer(s)

  • Names of previous employer(s)

  • Reason to join the company (that's one of the most compromised truths)

Now what at the effect level?

That level doesn't feature ever at all many times, backing us up with a false sense of security while performing this kind of misdeeds. But what if this really springs before the people who have hired you? Just think, and let me cite some examples if you felt fainted doing it.
A project manager was shown the way to door coming back happily completing a successful onsite assignments at one of the giant MNC among financial securities firms. Reason was, among his huge experience he had mentioned a local-level small company which never existed on earth. Alas, all this expertise was blamed for virtually no reason at all.
A senior IT consultant was kicked out three months after joining one of the largest software companies when it was known that the B.E. marks he wrote in his resume were not exactly what he secured.

There are several examples before us and many behind the scene (behind the scene, because these bad experiences are not made highlights to keep people at ease with the employer.) In this age of cut-throat competition and easy availability of information you never know when are you going to get exposed. Many firms have started performing a strong and strict background check paying big bucks to third parties (such as detective agencies.) List of such third parties which provide risk consultation in hiring decisions can be found at:

Mind you, if there is something similar in your mind, beware! Otherwise you can also make your company lose your CTC to some verifying trash.


Hiren said...

This comes in the category of "In this world, if you want to be successful, you have to appear successful". Ultimately the proof of the pudding is in the eating and no harm in all this if you don't flatter to decieve. A little bit of it is fine but then in such matters, how does one define a clear cut Lakshman Rekha.

Blacks said...

I believe,
polishing what you possess is a lot different from polishing a hollow bowl. Appearing successful is very important but only in case you've really achieved that success in question.
Definition of deceiving is not relative in my view. It is either 0 or 1...means that there are no degrees in deception. If you're exhibiting your achievements or records beautifully, that's not an act of deception but is just a utilization of your presentation skills.
Anyway, apart from my view, you might be risking a lot if you really falsify your real details.
Mind that I don't deny from importance of beautification of relevant and crucial details pertinent to you and the role in question.