Employers should check your CV to the nth degree
I graduated last Friday afternoon. Big ceremony in a great big new hall. Donned robes sporting my faculty’s blood-orange sash. And I got a little excited putting on one of those square hats.
Too excited. I chucked my hat up in the air a tad over-enthusiastically and smacked the guy behind me in the head trying to catch it. Whoops.
I’m sure Yahoo! shareholders are feeling the same way as that guy. The company’s new CEO, Scott Thompson, has resigned after it was exposed that he hadn’t attained a computer science degree at Stone Hill College as he had claimed. UPDATE 5:20pm: The Wall Street Journal is also reporting Mr Thompson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer before he resigned.
What Thompson did was a disgrace. The degree I finally got my hands on last week represented three years of hard work (as well as an obscene but productive amount of holidays). It’s an insult to his company and each and every computer science student at Stone Hill College.
But Thompson’s situation raises the question: how many employers actually go out of their way to check someone’s qualifications? Not too many, I’d say.
Everyone talks up their CV a little trying to get a job. But some people have a knack for selling themselves (or their over-priced and unnecessary car-cleaning product), and aren’t perturbed by the idea of claiming they’ve achieved something they haven’t.
A little more vigilance in the workplace wouldn’t hurt. Particularly with more people out and about claiming to have earned qualifications. The Federal Government has set a target for 40 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds to attain a bachelors’ qualification by 2025 and there’s the feeling in the university sector that target is achievable.
I came into the office this morning to a celebratory bottle of Veuve courtesy of The Punch team. I’m sure there’s a hungover headache lurking at the bottom of it.
Thompson was offered a salary worth several thousand bottles of champagne. There’s been a mass migraine outbreak at Yahoo! HQ these past couple of weeks - all because they didn’t ask to see a couple of photocopied pieces of paper.
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