I have experienced several extreme, notable situations in which an employee presented one sort of experience and education in their interview and on their resume which later proved to be false. In each case, the person was terminated, usually immediately. In only one case did the egregious liar get an "exit interview."
By the way, do you see the word "liar" written in script on the t-shirt, or a man's face? Unlike the t-shirt, job experience and degrees are not in the eye of the beholder - they either are true, or they are not.
So, what's the deal? Are all those job coaches and online experts full of sand, or is it true? Is lying on your resume or, even worse, in a public site like LinkedIn potentially fatal to a person's employment prospects? Well, career expert Jame-ane Ervin recounts the story of a former co-worker who's got an ever-revised suspense novel going about his job experience on LinkedIn. "Bobby" got called out in this article, and may have thought better of his dishonest ways. Or not! Others are starting to call for more verifiability on LinkedIn, and for good reason.
Ever-reliable About.com has a good article about how to handle job searches and job qualifications that a job-seeker might not possess 100%, although they believe they can do the job well. Yet of course, there are still entire websites devoted to fabricating resumes, blatantly stating that everybody lies, so those who wish to be competitive had better lie too, because their competition will be lying more and better. If job-seekers don't lie and pad their resume and give themselves degrees and experience they don't have, they'll be completely suckered by those who brazenly went ahead and gave themselves Ivy League MBA's and lengthy, successful management tenures at Fortune 500 companies. "The majority of human resource managers assume that everyone exaggerates, puffs up, and basically lies on your [sic] resume." If that's not an excuse to eliminate second-person from factual writing, I don't know what is.
It's pretty easy to trace the popularity of resume and LinkedIn lying on the internet. Most of the posts favorable about, or even asking about it came from 2005 or earlier. The resume-lying site looks very old-school, as if it's been around forever. Fistful of Talent, in a 2008 article, moves toward the modern consensus: resume and LinkedIn liars are total loser douchebags, and the problem will rear its ugly head when those who've gotten ahead by these techniques really get toward the top. In other words - that old common wisdom: you get back what you put into something, and why liars would think they deserved anything but a pink slip and a quick trip escorted to the parking lot is beyond me.
Today is a tough enough time for anybody to be looking for a job, and the sort of defective thinking that egregious liars use isn't going to be a winner in a) getting a job; b) doing it well; and the all-important c) holding the job down. In today's hard times, character does count. When times get tough, people need to trust and rely upon each other more than ever. No one wants a cheating liar in the accounting or the IT department. It should go without saying that K-12 public schools and public or large, sophisticated colleges and universities solved the fake degree or somebody-else's credential problem years ago. The teacher's school must send a certified transcript before employment contracts and terms are finalized. In addition, teachers and any others working around children and young people must be "live scanned" in California - a fingerprint and background check usually conducted at the Sheriff's office or a certified Live Scan provider. This check not only verifies that the applicant is the person they say they are, and clears them from any criminal databases, such as the sex offender database (its original, primary use when instituted years ago), it also will turn up most arrests and all misdemeanor and felony convictions.
Basically, in employment situations, if a person is hired and later found to have misrepresented their education and experience significantly (i.e. a totally different job than what they actually held, gross salary misrepresentations, gross misrepresentation of time of service, and having degrees or qualifications they don't possess) that will be instant termination 99 times out of 100. The 1% that aren't immediately fired will probably not hold onto their jobs for long. And as LinkedIn becomes increasingly popular and well-used, people in various industries will soon detect fraudulent pretendees. And it should go without saying, if one is going to invent various degrees, that should at least be vaguely plausible. I was a genuine double major and I received two simultaneous Bachelor's degrees - which is possible, though not very common. The purpose of this was . . . well, first of all, when I elected to try that, I didn't know how difficult it would be to complete (but I managed to do so). The secondary purpose is that each different degree would enable me to apply to and gain admittance to Master's degree programs in two different areas: Studio Art and literature. Eventually, I obtained my MFA in creative writing, a 160-unit degree with more than 80 units in literature. I do not, however, have an MA in Literature and would never say that I do, since I am in my 10th year of teaching and . . . er . . . only a retard would even think about doing something as stupid as saying that had a degree that they did not, in fact, possess. Lying about this type of thing? Just plain stupid from every possible perspective.