Yahoo’s CEO lied on his resume. He does not have a degree in Computer Science. Well, many senior managers of high tech organizations don’t. So, that should have been okay. There are two questions here:
- Why did he feel the need to lie? Did he even realize he was lying?
- Why did anyone feel the need for a Bachelor’s degree for the job was necessary? Especially a BS in Computer Science? For a senior manager??
This post is about lying on your resume. I’ll address the need–or not–for a degree in another post.
There is no point in lying on your resume about anything that can be fact-checked. The more influential your potential role in an organization, the more likely your background will be checked. Many organizations fact-check resumes because they can.
If you have a resume (or a LinkedIn page) that has stretched the truth, fix it now. It is not worth the aggravation of discovery. Did you graduate or just attend a particular school? If you did not graduate, make sure you fix your resume so it doesn’t show that you graduated. If you didn’t attend that school, remove it.
If you didn’t get that promotion, change the job title. If you didn’t work in that language, that operating system, that group, change it.
Whatever you do, don’t lie on a resume. It might get you in the door and hired. It will boot you out pretty darn fast. And then where will you be? Notorious and looking for another job. Not a happy place to be. It’s difficult to manage your job search when you are notorious.