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Job-hunting dilemmas: How ethical are you?

By ergdemirel ·
I read one of your post about this topic which came to me a mail subscriber and I interested in it. Because I am new a graduate (Also Ms. student),I have been looking for job that I can learn something for my career(not just for gaining money!!) and I faced several problems about my job applications. I think the problem is related my CV. Most of the readers advise me to change its format. Despite I did my best. They told me,"your CV is inappropriate or insufficient". I checked most of the career sites and compare my writing style with them. But no big difference for my case (for new graduates). The ones who advise me to change your CV, expected me to write more details about my experiences. But there is nothing more to write about me and my works. So in this case I ask you, what should I do? Should I write some lies/fiction about what I did? Please send me your messages,If you suffer from same problem or can advise me something really valuable!!

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Whatever you do, don't lie

by tfitzpatrick In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

It is intertesting that you ask this question because there is currently a thread going on that talks about lying on your resume and the reasons you should not do it.

Go to the Hot Discussions section and check out the thread called 'False information on resume - ever do it?' This will give you some good advice why you should NOT lie on your resume.

As an IT professional and one who has interviewed and hired many people, I can tell you that when I am interviewing a student, I do not expect them to have a lot of 'real world' experience on their resume. What I look for is someone with ambition, good problem solving skills, a team player and someone who wants to learn and grow in the job.

We have all been through what you are going through and can sympathize with your situtation. The best thing to do is have a professional look over your resume and give you some advice. There are many placement agencies that would gladly review your resume and make suggestions. Since you do not have a lot of experience to include in your resume, you will need to highlight any accomplishments at school or any jobs you may have had prior to graduation.

I hope this advice helps. Good luck with your job-hunting.

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If you can get away with it LIE

by rush2112 In reply to Whatever you do, don't li ...

You may be impeached for it later, but a few more lies and a stained dress and some money under the table may make that "go away" too.

Just lie your way through life. it works for some. Why not you?

/sarcasm off

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It's OK to stretch your knowledge, but don't lie

by supergeek In reply to Whatever you do, don't li ...

You want to find a job you can grow into, but you do not want to lie about your work history. Make sure you write about what your capabilities are, but do not lie on your resume.

I have turned down jobs that stretch my credentials too much, because I could never fill the shoes they ask me to fill. I want to be able to grow into a position, but not if it requires me to learn a completely different language, or work on systems I have no idea how to manage.

Just write your resume to the job you desire to have. List all of the experience you have in this area, and tell them you have a great desire to learn more about this area. Most employers are concerned about whether you will fit into the team, not whether you can do the work. Most of us can be trained to complete the tasks required of us.

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Get some experience -volunteer if need be!

by frwagne In reply to Whatever you do, don't li ...

Consider doing some unpaid 'intern' work, for local non-profits or charities, that would let you apply your book-learning to real world problems, with real world results. Get in some practice - it will look good on your resume, and just MIGHT get you some networking referrals to paying jobs (the folks at non-profits and charities often have connections in the world of paying jobs). Go for it!

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Embellishment is not lying or is it?

by aubietiger In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

I really hope the 2nd reply to this was just that, Sarcasm. As for TIFTZPATRICk I would wholeheartedly agree with him. As a Senior Systems Engineer myself I have been in the shoes of hiring and firing graduates. You should never lie because it will tell on you if not sooner, later. Simply lay out in your resume your education and prior experience in all jobs. What you must keep in mind, at least if you were being interviewed by myself and team members is that it does not matter if you had a job at flipping hamburgers at Disney World during the summer months, it is how well you flipped those hamburgers in those summer months. I feel that if you have demonstrated yourself over and above the scope of that easier job I am sure I can count on you during more grueling tasks that are to come. I do not hold it against a candidate for embellishing on his resume. It shows me insight and creativity. I have, in fact, laughed at some of the things I have read. Embellishing is not lying just creative thought process's. With that said do not out and out lie. Lies are a trust killer and if I can't trust you on simply things I certainly can't trust you will do the right thing on more serious matters.

Good luck on your job hunting!

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Job-Hunting Dilemma

by kimreson In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

Dear TechRepublic Memeber,

You are not alone. Most fresh graduates face the same. But ther is a way out. What you need to do is to Highlight most of modules/courses covered during your course work but have relevance in your career. Also job/work done i.e. Under student work-study program, giving details of experience and skills acquired during that perion ........

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Experience is everything

by dverlinden In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

What i'd like to point out is that experience is not ONLY what you've done for a job. Experience is also when you go on holiday with a group of persons that you didn't know before and that it went allright because of your social abilities or your caracter. And that's just an example. Experience is all what you've been through in your life that ex. : gave you team spirit, open minded, efficiency under stress whatever the situation was. All those little things that "doesn't" seem to matter but that made you who you are.

I might have made some erros and excuse me for this, English is not my mother tongue

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RE: Job-hunting dilemmas

by vrw1855 In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

Lying on your resume is defintely not the answer! If you overstate your experience it will be found out in the end. I am also a recent grad who is now in grad school. What will help you in the long run is to do some professional networking. Join associations for professionals in your career field. Got to after work networking functions. Talk to people you never know who may know someone who is in a position to hire professionals. Also you may want to utilize your school's career center if they have one or speak to one of your professors at school for referrals and suggestions. Good Luck

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Job Hunting

by ddouglas In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

If you make something up, its going to come back and bight you in the butt.
It never fails, If you exagerate, your going to pay for it in the long run.
Honesty pays.


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Stick to the truth

by hermanmd In reply to Job-hunting dilemmas: How ...

I would not recommend adding non-existent experience or anything else that is not true and provable to a resume. In most organizations that I know of, this is grounds for termination.

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