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Will Yahoo CEO’s Fall Keep Résumés Honest?

You might think Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s resignation last weekend after a battle over his allegedly fabricated résumé would inspire job seekers to be more honest.  But experts say public embarrassments stemming from inaccurate or exaggerated credentials have done little to thin the ranks of fiction writers.

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Thompson, who took the reins last January, quit after the board obtained evidence allegedly contradicting his earlier claim of innocence about his misstated academic record. Though Thompson’s decision to step down was also influenced by a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, an executive-search firm provided Yahoo with details that appeared to show he had knowingly claimed to have a computer-science degree some years ago.

Such fibs are hardly uncommon, experts say. And with unemployment hovering at 8.1%, experts say it’s become even more tempting for applicants who want to stand out – whether it’s adding a degree or more subtle changes like adding responsibilities or roles to earlier jobs. “People are desperate ,” says Sterling Price, managing director of human resources outsourcing at CBIZ Human Capital Services in St Louis, Mo.

The temptation to exaggerate their accomplishments proves too much for many people even on publicly-posted résumés online, studies show. Some 92% of students embellished or omitted information at least once on their LinkedIn profiles or their résumés, according to a Cornell University study published in the latest issue of “Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.” Student doctors also lie. Up to 30% of applications to training programs included references to published research that couldn’t be found, according to a recent study led by Dr Michael Frumovitz of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center published in the medical journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology.”

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In the case of LinkedIn, however, people lie more about their “interests and hobbies” than their academic records or work experience, says Jamie Guillory, the Cornell University study’s lead author. That’s because it’s harder to lie about work experience or academic records on LinkedIn given that there are thousands of eyes scrolling online résumés, including friends, colleagues and acquaintances that would easily spot the whitest of lies, he says.

And since the use of executive search firms is standard for higher-level positions, most applicants can’t realistically expect to get away with it, says Geoff Hoffmann of DHR International, an executive search firm based in Chicago. “It’s very uncommon for a search firm to miss such a basic detail,” he says.


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    • Leadership is not management. Leadership desttmnraoes your ability to see the big picture. People obey a manager. They follow a leader. You should approach it from this point of view. For example:MANAGER: I ensured that staff maintained an acceptable attendance record.LEADER: My goal is to create an environment where others want to succeed. MANAGER: I am well-versed in hiring practices.LEADER: Selecting the right people is the first and most important step in a successful company.

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    • look at the white house and the military who lied about what really happened when the kc757 hit the buildings. the light before the hit was captured by four small cameras yet the news media with all its technology fooled the public. as for credentials, let’s look at the case of john d rockefneller I and his expertise at the colaroda iron and mining company. 200 innocent dead women and children (at the hands of machine gunned thugs) who just wanted better wages, safer working conditions, better housing, better items from the company store. let us not forget dubya’s record as an f-102 pilot. How about derick obamma and where his funding for his education came from. john kerry’s inheritance from an airplane accident. how about the wall street PHDs from the top 5, 10, whose daddy bought BMWs and educations tell people how to invest when they never made a dollar from investing. how about william trey gates III and his acquisition of Q-Dos from pacific Software. certifications mean shit when so many use crib sheets and cant understand how software works. did steve jobs have a degree? Look at Stan Lee, the creator of all creatures marvel, and how he got screwed financially by disney. how about all the incompetent recruiters that cannot grasp what a job candidate really can do and what the client really wants. How about the military spending? 2.114 billion for an aircraft that was supposed to cost $300 million. how about the peace prize for an established doctor whose back door dealings with Pol pot killed innocent millions. how about the relationship between WILD BILL DONOVAN and Adolph Hitler in 1941. How about a shoe salesman become investment banker who brought Dr Joseph Mengeles tothe United States. How about the real truth in Satyam? How about the ridicule of Clarence kelly johnson about what he say in his airplane that date/ how about the treatment of the world’s greatest genius by JP Morgan? How about the true sinking of the titanic? how about the persecution of viktor Schauberger? Look at Goldman Sachs and the real owners of the federal reserve bank. How about the self-taught genius that studied rocket science as a child, and wrote a 400-page article about world war III that was very accurate. In the Avengers, anthony stark talks to Bruce Banner, about very complex molecular interactions for extreme signal detection. nobody understands except these two (how about it, someone speaks english). why should intelligence fear intelligence.

    • Jeez Tommy- Take a chill pill

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