Yahoo Chief Not Only One

Wednesday, 09 May 2012

When it comes to getting things wrong on your own CV, Yahoo chief executive Scott Thompson is not alone, a snapshot poll of bosses shows.

The internet company boss is under pressure to step down after his official biography included references to an undergraduate degree he never earned.

But a survey of bosses in theUKby business support specialist, ELAS, suggests he is not alone, with a third of managers saying they have either lied or exaggerated on a CV in the past.

A similar number have done the same in an interview, yet only one in 50 admit to ever having been caught out.

Peter Mooney, head of employment law at ELAS, said: "Whether it's a little fib to alter starting or leaving dates or something more serious like tweaking exam grades or a qualification, it seems that lying on CVs is commonplace.

"The fact that so many people do it might make the liars out there feel comforted, but it could backfire spectacularly - as we may be seeing at Yahoo.

"According to reports, Thompson's biography has periodically shown a bachelor's degree in computer science which it now appears he never received.

"When you already have the experience and skills to prove you can do a job, allowing mistakes to slip the net on things like that is silly.

"Even for jobs much less high-profile than CEO, being caught with any factual errors on a CV can amount to gross misconduct and is ample grounds for an on-the-spot sacking."

ELAS questioned 700 managers at businesses across theUKand found that almost four in 10 claimed to have caught a job candidate lying either on a CV or in an interview - suggesting that the problem may be even more widespread.

Mr Mooney added: "The fact that so many bosses claim to have caught somebody else lying suggests to me that the third who admit to having lied themselves could be just the tip of the iceberg.

"The trouble is that so much of people's past is now searchable online, which makes it far easier for potential employers to check up on people's past.

"When it comes to the employment law, there's no such thing as little white lies. Any misrepresentation on your CV may help you get the job you want, but it can just as easily lead to you getting the sack."




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