Getting Wise to Lies

Alarmed about the prevalence of resumé padding, employers are turning fib detection into an industry

ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY GARY LOCKE

As college seniors hurtle into the job hunt, little fibs on the résumé--for example, claiming a degree when they're three credits shy of graduation--seem harmless enough. So new grads ought to read this memo now: those 20-year-old falsehoods on cream-colored, 32-lb. premium paper have poleaxed so many high-profile executives that you wonder who in the business world hasn't got the message. A résumé listing two fictitious degrees led to the resignation of David Edmondson, CEO of RadioShack, in February. Untruthful curricula vitae have also hobbled the careers of executives at Bausch & Lomb, Veritas Software and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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