• Fudging Your CV & Transparency


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      The other day I interviewed a candidate that was a potential client referred by my colleague. Their contract was completing and they’d asked to see me. Of course I happily obliged. And I realised very shortly on into the interview a mismatch between their CV and who they were in person. All the signs were there, like information and dates missing, an 8 year gap (doing a different career, not listed), a stated salary on the CV that was half of what they were getting, description of job role/function with greatly written words which fell short in substance with the person themselves believing they were (indeed) what the words foretold ‘proven’ by their senior job title(s). In short – inflation in every way. As I pieced together the jigsaw for my own understanding with relevant questions, I began to piece together theirs too …details they’d been unaware of, and light shed as to why they hadn’t been managing to secure a job that lasted longer than a few months, were let go of, or the contract was never extended/cut short, and always having to look again…

      What struck me and although this inflated example may not be the norm, was the level of missing transparency in a CV, but also in how we work, do our job… and I might add - how we live our lives too. And that, when we’re not honest with ourselves, that same dishonesty, or lack of transparency, especially in every day communication in the office does have a funny way of coming back to us, for example from other people/colleagues etc. which can create walls of protection between parties, a guardedness. Things become difficult or awkward…like the silence effect treatment, ignoring, leaving someone out, or on the flip side, having difficulty in getting buy-in, building rapport making leadership difficult. In short very little collaboration, i.e. disharmony.

      Have you realised that when we’re not being honest, that it’s easy and easier to imagine, inflate or overegg in blindside various things about ourselves that ultimately work against us, and do little favour? Similar to the case observed here with the person never managing to secure a permanent job because the CV wasn’t equating to their actual true level/ability that might otherwise strongly appeal to an employer. Instead, the employer got an inflated-experienced employee that ‘didn’t ever work out’, to leave them feeling more dejected with knocked confidence or low self-esteem.

      What I've learned in Recruitment is that at some stage our dishonesty or fudging gets found out. It’s got me really thinking about inflation in general, or non-transparency, and how that in the falseness not only do we become wary of others, we do so of ourselves too, shutting down our communication and expression, to the point where we have a hard time seeing what’s real, and what’s not real to mean such falsity or fudging becomes our truth.

      And yet this is not the true truth. Because the presence of dishonesty makes it not 100% clear.

      When we think about job interviews, or performing in a job, no matter the level of seniority or post, not being honest with ourselves about ourselves can lead to things such as -

      •  Overselling
      • Overpromising (and not delivering)
      • Arrogance
      • Optimism, hopefulness or positivity i.e. not seeing every thing that’s represented by whole-truth, only certain parts
      • Pretense
      • Depression, or general feelings of discontent and low confidence in capability.

      In my job of recruiting, behind every inflation or fudging sits the absence of really feeling ‘worth it’. But before we can feel worth it, and be completely ok about our CV, work or career, it’s essential to start seeing what we do offer. That every job we’ve ever done, no matter what it is, its title, position or level, is important or has importance, value and relevance to our whole life. And hence too that every person irrespective of their job or profession is equally important, has value or importance. Knowing this keeps us real. Honest. Open. Level with another, not in comparison. Even-keel. Great to be with and fun to work beside.

      Beginning and learning to accept everything about us, and committing to this means we can work or apply for jobs where we offer our skills with confidence and without fudged surprises… because what’s underneath that unturned ‘stone’ is clearer. And when we start to value something, ourselves, or our job, acceptance becomes easier, and the inflation subsides to leave the real genuine us at work. Un-fudged.

      LOVE YOUR JOB! LOVE RECRUITMENT!  Zofia Sharman is forever inspired by people and truth, and is based in Singapore working as a Recruiter for HR at VOLT, an international recruitment consultancy that supports people to secure jobs and careers they love. It's that simple. For more information see http://voltasia.com.sg/home.aspx