Job Application Ethics: What You Need to Know

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Yes, you read the title’s last word correctly — it’s “ethics”. And believe it or not, there’s such a thing as job application ethic.

Upbringing plays a vital role in molding our behavior and personality. This is something that will further define our personal character. Agree?

While the advantages and a lot of good things have been said about having principles of right conduct and a system of moral values, it’s really saddening however, that not everyone demonstrates the correct attitude and behavior. Not even all professionals. Admit it or not, there are pros that perform undesirable practice (or at least attempt to) in exchange of getting a favorable result for their advantage.

If you’ve found a rare job opportunity that you thought was a perfect fit with your qualifications, what are you going to do to impress a hiring manager, and edge out other job aspirants? How are you going to put your qualifications in writing to make it appear that you’re a strong candidate? Will you exaggerate statements? Or will you cross the ethical line of dishonesty?

To what extent is it acceptable to elaborate on your professional experience and proficiencies?

Heed the following tips and pieces of advice from Resume Professional Writers (RPW) before you create your personal marketing tool.

Be Not Pinocchio

Did you know that more than 40% of applicants lie on their resumes? If the figure isn’t accurate, it is much safer to say that a substantial number of aspirants, well, present misleading information to their potential employers. This is according to the results of a study once conducted by Sunny Bates Associates, an executive recruitment company based in New York.

RPW urges you, as an applicant, to always be truthful. Don’t be like Pinocchio who’s used to telling lies and fabricating stories. Don’t risk your chance of obtaining a job. Sooner or later, the truth will prevail. What will then happen to you and your career? This doesn’t just encompass a single embarrassing experience, but a stain on your entire employment record. So, it always pays to be honest.

Be yourself.

How to Tell the Truth

For information purposes, RPW shares the 2 most common lies written on application summaries. The company also gives hints on what to do instead of telling lies. Here are they:

One common lie has something to do with elimination of dates. There are a lot of reasons why hopefuls resort to doing it. These include hiding being terminated or fired, a long period of unemployment, starting a family or raising a child, and being imprisoned. All these things could embarrass you and/or make you feel ashamed but apparently hiding these details won’t definitely help in your intention to go back into the corporate world. While it is improper to cite your reasons in the document, RPW believes indicating the inclusive years of employment is but an act of honesty.

  • College Degree Claims

A recruiter won’t be able to validate the details on resume the first time he initially looks at it and even after reading/skimming its entirety. Thus, many aspirants are tempted to make false claims in the Education section of the resume just to impress a hiring manager or make it appear that they have relevant education and training to hold certain positions. RPW believes that there is a much better way of “giving less importance to educational achievement” — by showing off and highlighting your qualifications with your skill set and relevant experiences.

You Can Make It

When you think you have some details that can really affect your chances of getting a job, but you don’t know how to write them in a better way, don’t be dishonest. Don’t lose hope. Be professional by displaying proper application ethics.

There are still good ways to win a job. A bright future awaits you.

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