Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson recently stepped down amid accusations that he included a fake computer science degree on his CV. So what’s the difference between a little embellishment on your CV, and something a bit more serious that could lose you your dream job or even breaking the law?
This week on Edelman Editions Richard Sambrook is joined by Stefan Stern, Edelman’s Director of Strategy whom also recently wrote an article on this topic, Wilson Wong, Senior Researcher/ Joint Lead, People Effectiveness Group at The Work Foundation, and John Purkiss, headhunter and co-author of How to be Headhunted, and Brand You to discuss CV embellishment.
We are keen to hear your thoughts on this topic; have you ever lied on your CV and gotten away with it? Or are you completely honest? Please feel free to comment directly on the track above, or in our comments field below.
|Chair: Richard Sambrook, Global Vice Chairman and Chief Content Officer, Edelman
Richard is Global Vice Chairman and Chief Content Officer for Edelman where he takes a strategic lead on developing media content for clients and heads the crisis and issues practice. Previously he was a 30 year veteran of BBC News where most recently he was Director of Global News, responsible for radio TV and digital services for 230 million people each week.
|Chair: Stefan Stern, Director of Strategy, Edelman
Stefan has been writing and commenting on business and management for the past two decades. He wrote the Financial Times’s management column for over four years before joining Edelman in August 2010 as its new Director of Strategy. In October he was appointed Visiting Professor in management practice at the Cass business school.
|Wilson wong, Senior Researcher/ Joint Lead People Effectiveness Group at The Work Foundation
Wilson is the principal researcher on and joint-lead for the People Effectiveness team, comprising research tracks in health and well-being, leadership and people management. His research focus is on the Future of HR programme and he is currently developing the next phase on Inter-generational HR. At TWF, he established the Employee Voice Group as the primary staff consultation mechanism. He also chairs the expert challenge group comprising academic experts and people management practitioners, who have the role of critically reviewing the outputs to ensure integrity/quality of the research (both process and content), adherence to ethics and industry application. He also has responsibilities for identifying training and development for researchers in the organisation. In addition to his academic links, he is also an expert facilitator and has worked with senior teams in private, public and third-sector organisations on their strategic thinking and planning processes.
|John Purkiss, headhunter and co-author of How to be Headhunted, Ken Purkiss – 50 Photos and Brand You.
John studied economics at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Prize. He began his career in banking and management consultancy, and has been an advisor to several high-growth companies. John was a partner with Heidrick & Struggles and now runs the board practice at Veni Partners, recruiting chief executives, finance directors, chair(wo)men and non-executive directors.