White Lies On Your ResumeAlexa Ehrlich | January 21st, 2011
Ever told a white lie on your resume to land that perfect job? And I’m not talking about lying about experience or education. I’m talking about wanting a job in a new city so you use a friend’s address whose already living there.
Well, my friend Corey was just applying for jobs in Chicago and after being rejected several times he decided he was sick of hearing ”we gave it to someone who already lived in the city.” So he took the matter into his own hands and asked a friend of his, was it okay to use their address for a little while? He thought this was all fine considering he had plans to move to the city upon receiving a job anyways.
I’m currently living at home and applying for jobs. Reason being is my parents are helping to support me financially while I apply for jobs. And while I sit at home months after graduation, still working several part-time jobs, my friends who moved to Chicago months ago unemployed right after graduation are now employed. Did they do it right? I think yes! Many of them moved to the city and then job searched. Is my home address hurting me? Should I start using one of their addresses and see if I hear more “yes’s” back?
Another friend got a call back from a job in New York. This was when she was still living at home with her parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The lady who called said, “I really like what I see on your resume, but I can’t take you serious… call me when you’re in New York.” So, in hopes of landing a great job she packed her bags and was in the city subletting an apartment the next week. When she called the lady she said, “I didn’t think you’d really move, now we can talk.” So once again, is living at home and saving money not reasonable and hurting me more in the long run? Do I need to go stay with a friend for a week in the city and walk door to door applying for positions, using a fake address… to even have someone think twice about me?
And the most recent piece of advice I received, from a good friend Jillian, is to always appear to be employed. Technically it’s not a lie. I do work several part-time jobs and it is more appealing to an employer to hire someone who is already employed than someone who is unemployed. Shows you’re doing things and aren’t just sitting around twiddling your thumbs. So don’t shy away from admitting what you’ve been up to in order to keep your mind in the working world and what you’ve been doing to stay busy. Personally I have been substitute teaching in the public school system, writing for this lovely blog (which I enjoy so very much), and about 3 other part-time positions when time allows.
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About the Author: Originally from Danville, Illinois, I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Second Concentration in Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2010. I am now an aspiring Broadcast Journalist with great experience in the field, which I have obtained through various internships and with my involvement in IUSTV, the student produced news team at Indiana University.I am excited for new challenges and new learning experiences with each day in this field of work.I enjoy writing, volunteering in my local community, traveling, reading, and working out. I am eager to see where my degree will take me! For now I am so happy to have the opportunity to be contributing to SDZR.