Resume Inflation - Ethical Dilemma

It is already 6 months after the compulsory one-year national service, NYSC and Linda still doesn’t have a job. Her savings during NYSC already thinning out and rent is due soon. Furthermore, her mother was recently laid off, and her parents are in need of some supplemental income. Stress and pressure, then, is building as Linda remains jobless.

Fortunately, she just received a request from a marketing company to send in her resume. However, Linda’s resume is not quite up to the standard that this job expects. She had her internship in marketing before, even excelled in the subject at school, but she doesn’t have the proper list of real-world experience her employers will desire. When pondering the issue, she realizes that she could exaggerate her responsibilities from her internship. Although she was typically filing and making coffee, she could say that she "wrote" a report she had in truth transcribed. When she staffed the front desk, she could claim she was doing “client intake.” And even though she quit after a quarter due to boredom, she could say she worked there for six months.

Linda knows she’s competent and capable of doing the job well; it’s just that her employers might not recognize it based solely on her resume. Since she is buried in debt and her family is in need, is it all right for Nicole to simply alter some facts?

(Article by Jake Teeny)