We Weren’t Kidding, Resume Lies Really Are the Worst Decision Ever
This week it came out that David Tovar, chief spokesperson for Walmart, misrepresented his education history and will be leaving the company in the coming weeks. Tovar was hired by Walmart in 2006, but the company only discovered that he did not actually graduate with an Arts degree from the University of Delaware when he was being considered for a promotion. His background information was flagged by a private company to which Walmart outsourced the heightened background check. According to Tovar in an interview with the New York Post, “I was an art major going into a communications field. I didn’t think a degree was necessary to pursuing my career.”
Tovar is partially right — there are plenty of jobs for which you don’t need a specific degree, and some that you don’t need a degree at all to get. Where he goes wrong, however, is lying about it in the first place. Like any relationship, professional or personal, building on a lie — even if you, Like Tovar, want to call it an “error of omission” — dooms you to failure. Would Tovar have been hired for his position at Walmart had he been honest about his background? Probably not. But that’s the employer’s decision to make, and when you lie about key factors in the hiring process you deprive the employer of that right and risk the painful and embarrassing fallout.
Moral of the story? Work hard and own your truth. And read Natasha’s tips for avoiding resume lies.
Chelsey Goff (@cddg) is Chief People Officer at Law Street. She is a Granite State native who holds a Master of Public Policy in Urban Policy from the George Washington University in DC. She’s passionate about social justice issues, politics — especially those in First in the Nation New Hampshire — and all things Bravo. Contact Chelsey at cgoff@LawStreetMedia.com.
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