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Part: V Capturing and Keeping the Job > When to Keep Your Cards to Yourself

Chapter 30. When to Keep Your Cards to Yourself

The problem of inflated and fraudulent resumes is widely discussed today. According to estimates reported in the media, about a third of all resumes have false information and a third have exaggerations that misrepresent the truth. Sure, these deceptions may get you the job, and many people have gone on to great things once they are in the company and show their work. A prime example is the story of David Geffen, now one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, who got his start in the William Morris mailroom with a false resume.

But increasingly in today's info-age, these lies are exposed and people lose jobs, from high-profile coaches and historians to people in everyday jobs. Even U.C. Berkeley's business school cracked down with background checks on MBA candidates; they found that five of them had listed jobs they hadn't had, and dropped them from their roster of accepted students. So given the ease of background searching and widely circulated information on the Internet, don't think you can hide.


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