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Revising One's Educational History


MoneyWise Reader Question...“I've been having trouble finding steady work since getting laid off last fall. Lately I've been tempted to embellish my resume by changing "attended Ohio State University" to "graduated from Ohio State University." I was only a couple of credits shy of officially graduating. I'm thinking that being a graduate looks better than saying I attended and it might give me a leg up. What are the downsides to revising my educational history?”
Doug Morrison's response...
The state of resume "re-do" is nothing new.
According to Jude M. Werra, of Jude M. Werra & Associates, a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based recruiting firm, there is what Werra calls a Liars Index®. Werra created the index in 1995. "It's the number of people who've misrepresented their education divided by the number of people whose education we've checked." In short, it's the percentage of people who invented a degree. In its 10th year, the percentage was at its peak in the first half of 2000 (23.3%). Today, he says, the figure for the first half of 2003 was 10.59%. The average over the last two years was 11.25%.

“There has been a definite downward trend over the last two years, with the current percentage at half the rate of early 2001,”says Werra. “The cases we have surfaced include altered majors and changed graduation dates, but the majority of those who misrepresented themselves claimed degrees where their attendance was only for a semester or two, or not at all.” Werra’s surveys show that 95% of the time employers immediately eliminate candidates who claim nonexistent degrees. Since education is a credential easily verified, common sense should indicate not to lie. (Figures for the last half of 2003 are not yet available, but projections suggest a downward trend, he notes.) Apparently, this is good news.

For anyone thinking about embellishing their resume, consider these recent statistics:

  • In the first six months of 2002, coaches at Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame were deposed for embellishing their resumes. Notre Dame coach George O'Leary (claimed master's degree in education) lost his job over his fabricated resume.
  • Later that year, Washington, D.C. fire chief Ronnie Few was forced to resign when his college degree and a fire-chief-of-the-year award were aired as fabrications.
  • So did Sandra Baldwin, the first woman named chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Baldwin may have in essence been an honest woman (now perhaps Diogenes can extinguish his lamp), but she told a whopper of a fib when she presented her resume to the Olympic Committee. Not only did she misrepresent the school from which she earned her bachelor's degree, but she listed a Ph.D. she never completed.
  • Closer to home, former CEO of Charlotte-based TransAmerica Insurance, Bill Simms' claims of Olympian prowess led to his disgrace and resignation.

I could add to the list, but you get the point.

"A good man is hard to find," novelist Flannery O'Connor once wrote. "Honesty is such a lonely word," lamented Billy Joel in a song. "Sewing a lie to a credulity," as the late poet Dylan Thomas pointed out, may work for a while, but eventually the light of day exposes it.

I would suggest that anyone who contemplates claiming any unearned degree, however desperate, consider the consequences: Is one lie worth a ruined career?

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