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The Truth Inside the Fluff: Catching Lies on College and Job Applications

resume-2-1616792-640x480Have you noticed that people today will stop at nothing to get your attention?  It’s hard to know where the truth is inside all the fluff!

How do you know if you should hire someone, for example?  It takes a lot of work to sift through the marketing spiels people manufacture for their resumes.  On paper, it looks like the person can save the world in a single bound.  You hire them and find out they can’t even save an Excel file.

How many people lie on job applications?

I did a search to look for statistics about lying on resumes and guess what I found instead?  A plethora of articles on how to not get caught lying on your resume.  Wow, lying has become so commonplace that people offer public advice on how to do it better.  The little  research I did find is consistent with these observations.  “A new survey from CareerBuilder of more than 2,500 hiring managers found that 56% have caught job candidates lying on their resumes.Continue reading The Truth Inside the Fluff: Catching Lies on College and Job Applications

No More “Gaming” Community Service

turning the tide graphicCollege admissions personnel are catching on to applicants who try to game the system and they’ve banded together to make changes.

The Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions report offers several recommendations to reshape the college admissions process to promote greater ethical engagement among aspiring students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students. The Harvard Graduate School of Education led the collaborative effort and over 80 key stakeholders in college admissions endorsed the recommendations.

A key theme in the report is that the pressure to get into college has led students and parents to “game” the community service element of the admissions process and ignore its true purpose—to be aware of and help those who need it.  The community service “war games” have driven applicants to try to outdo each other by engaging in expensive, high profile, exotic endeavors that are brief and meaningless to them, just to get noticed by college admissions. Continue reading No More “Gaming” Community Service