Last week it was discovered that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson lied about his education on his résumé. Apparently, Scott does not have bachelor’s degrees in accounting and computer science as he has claimed. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in accounting, but no degree in computer science at all. This revelation makes him the latest executive to be targeted for falsely claiming to have a college degree.
It may sound insane that high-ranking executives would lie about experience or their credentials in the age of Google searches, but it happens more often than you may think. From white lies about time spent as a call center rep to claims about earning an MBA, résumé padding occurs regularly, experts say. In a 2010 survey of 1,818 organizations, 69% reported catching a job candidate lying on his or her résumé, according to HireRight. That large statistic doesn’t even include those who got away with lying on their résumé’s.
Résumé “embellishments” among leaders of industry have led to mixed results:
What does resume embellishing say about these titans of industry and their companies? Is there a point in one’s career when what undergraduate degrees you have stops being relevant? Or does it reflect a much larger ethical issue?
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For a more in-depth look at this topic, please refer to this CNN article: //www.cnn.com/2012/05/07/living/resume-padding-scott-thompson/index.html?hpt=hp_c3