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Adrianna Wu
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Resume Padding: Just Don't…

Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson resigned last week after the discovery that his resume contained false information. So the question applies to resume padding in general: is it really worth it? Thompson changed his bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in accounting, to a bachelor's degree in accounting and computer science with a couple clicks of the keyboard. It got him the job, and it also lost him the job. We can empathize with the man. In a 2010 survey of 1,818 organizations, 69% reported catching a job candidate lying on his or her résumé. That's the weakness of the honor system involved with resumes: it can take 5 seconds to add an extra 5 years of education under your belt. No wonder so many people fall prey to the temptation. However, we see these oustings more and more frequently: former RadioShack CEO Dave Edmondson underwent the same "resignation" process..

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