It’s amazing how many lies are out there.
Whether it be politicians or sports figures (come on, we all know A-Rod is clean …) or whatever else, it’s hard to think we don’t breed a society of liars.
Salesmen. Media. Liars are all around us.
It seems lying has almost become a major part of our society, even if it’s just little white lies and not “real” or “hurtful lies. Telling a tale is telling a tale, no matter how you look at it.
What really stinks is when I was young, I was taught lying is bad. It’s hard to teach that to kids anymore, when everybody around them lies.
Like here’s one – resume.
When I was out of work for that extended amount of time (now known as s P.J.’s Great Lockout 11-13), I was told many things to do to my resume to make it seem more interesting.
Here are a few to consider –
- Take the Master’s degree off my resume as it makes me look over qualified.
- “Embellish” my job duties to make it look like I did more (which is hard, because I already did a lot at past jobs)
- Don’t put all work history.
I went the opposite way.
I put all relevant work experience. I put all my degrees (that’s like saying you can lose a job for having too much education …) because I am proud of them and worked my ass for them. Why hide from them?
My resume is a virtual fact sheet about me. I didn’t lie because I didn’t need to do so.
But I have seen some doozy resumes where people, right out of school, make it sound like they are top-line executives in line for some six-figure job.
Heck, maybe that’s why it took me so long to get a job. Maybe I was too honest. But I don’t see how lying can be a good thing when getting a job. If you lie and BS about what you can do, eventually you will be found out. Maybe that job keeps you or maybe they fire you because you’re a little liar.
Or maybe it works for you and you get away with it. If you do go that route, then I wish you well. I personally can’t do it because I don’t believe in it. But to each their own.
Society is different and it continues to change, especially as parts of life get more and more competitive.
I am just glad I can look in the mirror each day and know the reflection doesn’t scream out “liar!”
This is part of We Work for Cheese’s annual writing challenge. Despite what might be blamed, I had nothing to do with it. Go check them out for other crazy writers doing this challenge.
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