3 risks to falsifying your credentials

Today’s job market is tough. Employers are struggling to find good talent and job seekers are struggling to be found.

This power struggle is leading to a higher number of job applicants presenting falsified credentials in an attempt to stand out. Ok, sure, everyone embellishes a little on their resume – perhaps rounding up on a few stats, or taking more credit for a project than they really deserve.

But flat out falsifying of credentials – like saying you earned a degree you in fact did not – is becoming a trend, a trend that won’t end well for you.

There are serious consequences behind falsifying your credentials. Here are the top 3:

You’re fired!

Lying on your resume is a big no-no in the HR world. Think about it – would you trust someone who flat out lied to you about where they went to school? Or where they worked? No, you wouldn’t. So why would you expect your employer to be any different?

You’re in jail!

Not only is the act of falsifying your credentials dishonest – it’s also punishable by up to one year in jail in some states. This isn’t a joke. Kentucky classifies falsifying of your education credentials to be a Class A misdemeanor. Texas classifies it as a Class B misdemeanor. And in New Jersey the fine could be as high as $1,000. Oh – and in case you’re keeping track – misdemeanors show up on background checks, too.

You’re getting sued!

Some professions require knowledge of certain laws in order to successfully do their job. One example is email marketers: they have to comply with the CAN SPAM Act. If you don’t understand the law and how it works but said you did on your job application – you could cost your company a lawsuit, or a hefty fine.

The moral of the story is this: falsifying your credentials can lead to severe consequences that could hinder your future employment or worse. It will help you stand out in the pool of applicants, will allow you to start the job sooner and won’t put you at risk that could damage your career.

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 Some well-known examples of people who falsified their degrees:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/business/the-undoing-of-scott-thompson-at-yahoo-common-sense.html
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/15/sports/notre-dame-coach-resigns-after-5-days-and-a-few-lies.html
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