Tomato, Tomatoe: How Important Is Accuracy In The job Search?
Q. As a candidate for a new job, I need to complete applications and submit resumes. Why do I need to do both, and how accurate do they need to be? I have been working for many years. Some titles, dates and other information might be approximates. Do you see any issues?
A. Issues galore! The accuracy, or inaccuracy, of resume or application information has derailed many careers, some privately and others with great public discussion.
Who is responsible for the veracity of information and materials you provide about yourself? The same way candidates now have to say “I am so and so and I approved this message” – job seekers need to recognize that they are responsible for every bit of data they provide over the years about themselves. Excuses about resume errors like a typo by an administrative person, or a change by a search firm are not acceptable reasons for misinformation being circulated about any candidate or incumbent for any job. Exaggerations about job responsibilities or military service on a long ago completed application are all issues which can break careers, and move a high potential person into the land of questionable integrity. And once integrity is questioned, it’s gone. Read the full article by Elaine Varelas for Boston.com here