|Resume: A Work of Fiction|
No matter who you are, a recent college graduate or the CEO of a company looking to take your experience somewhere else, we all feel the pressures of having “eye catching” resumes when applying to jobs. With over 50 million resumes online and up to 1,000 resumes received per posted position, you can’t help but wonder, “How can I stand out?”
Some people may try to make their resumes graphically appealing by adding pictures and colors. Others may even pay someone to have their resumes “professionally done,” whatever that means! Then there are those that may try to make their resumes dauntingly wordy to appear as if they have a plethora of experiences. No matter what people may try to do to their resumes to capture the attention of an employer, there is one thing they shouldn’t do: lie.
Seems silly right? But, it happens more often than we think. Scott Thompson, the old CEO of Yahoo, fudged his resume by including a computer science degree that he in fact did not receive during his undergraduate career. Douglas E. Lynch, a Vice Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, was forced to resign after having falsely claimed on his resume that he received a doctoral degree in philosophy, economic, and education from Columbia University. If people of this stature are forging their resumes, imagine what us “normal” people can get away with?
Examples such as these highlight the underlying issue of how ineffective resumes really are. Who cares about resumes anyway? Think about it. Scott Thompson has a degree in accounting, not computer science. But, does it really matter what he studied as an undergraduate? He’s 54 years old, has been CEO of Paypal, and before that held high positions at Inovant, a subsidiary of Visa, and Barclay Global Investors. Clearly, he is qualified to run Yahoo.
Therefore, why do we have to “look good on paper” in order to be hired? As long as we know we can do the job in front of us, who cares about the past? A resume only highlights the past, but for all of those future thinkers out there, a resume is not required…