Right now, Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News Anchor is stepping away from the desk for the next several days following reports that he embellished a personal story during his 2003 Iraq invasion coverage. The public is now scrutinizing many of the stories this trusted news anchor reported and his credibility is being questioned. But it isn’t just Williams’ reputation that is taking a hit. His employer, NBC, is also dealing with the fallout.
Exaggeration can be quite commonplace and not just in the newsroom. A recent Harris Poll survey revealed that 58 percent of hiring managers caught embellishments on candidate resumes.
While those little white lies may help you get a new job, they can damage your reputation and credibility, and quite possibly damage your career in the long-term.
Meet 3-Pete: What’s in a name?
Now, 3-Pete may sound like a fun nickname, but the reality is that this individual quit after three days because he fabricated information on his resume and could not fulfill his duties.
Let’s start from the beginning of this story. Pete interviewed for a digital and SEO position at an integrated creative agency – a role for which he seemed like the perfect candidate. His resume boasted countless accolades and certifications, which painted a seemingly impressive picture of his SEO expertise.
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