Big news over the last two weeks has been Scott Thompson and Yahoo!. Information recently surfaced that Mr. Thompson (now former CEO of Yahoo!) had lied about his past experiences and accomplishments. While these resume falsehoods were largely unimportant in the grand scheme of things, it appears that Yahoo! decided that a change was in order.
Yesterday the news broke that Thompson was out as CEO along with Roy Bostock, the former Chairman of the Board. We have seen this story play out time and again. A successful individual is found to have lied on their resume or in their bio. Why? Did they really need to say that they had TWO college degrees in order to become CEO? Would having only one degree disqualify them? I doubt it.
This issue is something that I see prevalent even in college graduates today. While they may not lie on their resume, they stretch the truth so far that you can’t tell a difference. Guess what? It’s unnecessary and the risk is hardly worth the reward. Write a resume that showcases pride in your accomplishments and allows a potential employer to see the measurable success you have achieved. This is usually good enough to get you where you want to go.
Bottom line: Scott Thompson lied on his resume and it cost him his job. Don’t become the next victim of this preventable problem. Dream big and accomplish a lot but never try to be someone you are not.