by Kristy Amburgey
In reading about the Penn State scandal and the subsequent fall-out, it brings to mind an important but often delicate subject: honesty. Regardless of your thoughts and feelings on the Penn State case, you have to acknowledge that it was the act of hiding the truth that forced a school and its leadership into the media spotlight and the court of public opinion. There is one element of this sad case that needs to be highlighted and emphasized as an important job search and career topic. The moral of this story and many other ones found in the headlines today is to provide only accurate information and don’t attempt to purposely hide the truth when conducting your job search.
In your job search, you will be asked for lots of information, often times an overwhelming amount of details, and each of those details needs to be accurate and verifiable. Employers have access to many resources in which to find out information about you. They can conduct background checks, review your social media accounts, contact former employers and schools and simply search the internet for your information. An employer who finds inconsistencies, over or under-stated information, misrepresented details or other situations after-the-fact can only assume the worst, and most employers will never give you a chance to defend yourself. When you provide accurate information to an employer, you will find that you have more control over the situation. You may not get the job, depending on the circumstances, but you can more easily address issues that may, when left to a person’s interpretation, ruin your chances of obtaining a job.
Although your job search is a personal experience where you get to decide what information to pass along to employers, it is imperative that the information you share is correct. The consequences of lying or hiding information can be detrimental not only to your candidacy for a specific job but for your reputation within that company and within that industry. Even the smallest detail that is misrepresented can make them view you in a negative light. This statement can’t be said enough; you must provide 100% accurate information on any job search documentation, applications, interactions and interviews 100% of the time. Please!
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.