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Man says lying on your resume is totally okay and 'not immoral,' sparking intense debate

Worker encourages others to prioritize their own needs over the company's and bend the rules for their own convenience.

Man says lying on your resume is totally okay and 'not immoral,' sparking intense debate
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio; Reddit | u/werewolfpajamas

Ethics is a complicated concept in professional places. It is because it is idealistic. The expectation is that if an individual behaves "ethically," they will be treated with similar behavior. But more often than not, people are not subjected to their experience. Besides, most workplaces are one-sided by nature and often built to favor the bosses. In such a scenario, every worker is out for themselves and behaving ethically might be a hindrance rather than an advantage. Therefore, u/werewolfpajamas doesn't believe in playing fair when it comes to the workspace. He is ready to do anything to get his desired job, even if it means lying on the resume, as according to him, it "hurts no one but the company." 

Representative Image Source: Pexels | fauxels
Representative Image Source: Pexels | fauxels

The man expressed his strong opinion in the subthread titled r/unpopularopinion. He chose the thread because he believed many people did not adhere to his views. He backed these views by beginning with, "Who the f**k cares. Bosses aren't your friend and want unrealistic experiences." He shed light on a pattern adopted by workplaces to ask for unrealistic experiences compared to the job post they are filling.

The man went on to state how making this "coup" successful is no big deal. He explained, "Pay a friend to answer a Google voice call. Buy a burner and make a fake website." The worker wants to inform the readers how companies are not as serious as they appear to be about this whole 'interview' process. They will rarely check the references given to them and even if they do, it would not be as thorough as they would like people to believe. It can be easily managed by getting help from a friend and some technical expertise. Moreover, the end result of this trickery is nothing but 'unemployment.' There is no prison time at the end of it, so might as well take the chances and better the shots in the future.

Image Source: Reddit/u/harkandhush
Image Source: Reddit/u/harkandhush
Image Source: Reddit/u/DrCarabou
Image Source: Reddit/u/DrCarabou

His opinion sparked intense debate on the platform. Some were in favor of lying on their resumes, while some still wanted to operate with some caution. u/abrandis commented how it depends on the job, "I don't want my pilot or brain surgeon making up experience and then getting hired. But I could care less if some realtor or cook or accountant fibbed." 

u/Belub19 believes that such thinking might be a part of the problem and wrote, "I wonder sometimes if part of the reason why even entry-level jobs demand absurd amounts of experience is that people pad out their resumes more than they used to. People might not be any more skilled or experienced and companies might not need people that skilled for a position, but maybe we've been gradually inflating our skills and hiring departments are upping their requirements to keep up. Or vice versa too. And now when supposedly highly experienced people aren't up to snuff when they come on board, the conclusion is, 'This person wasn't good enough despite their experience, so we'll need to raise the bar further.' Not saying any of this is true, just wondering."

"You are the kind of person people would hate to have as a colleague, i.e. someone incompetent making their work life more difficult," u/FM79SG shared their thought against what the OP believes and u/Aglais commented: "For real. OP probably never held a career job in their life to have this opinion." u/Mudbass7 added: "It’s literally fraud. If we are entering into an employment contract and you lie about your ability and experience, you have defrauded me- the same as if I were to lie about your job description."

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