Friday, January 10, 2014

Need a reference? Hire this company!

Not everything I do starts with LinkedIn, and 70% of the time I don't read the articles that cross my feed. Today, trolling around as I do, this gem caught my attention as I scrolled through and landed on The Blaze news site.

Buying fake job references is actually a thing — here’s the company that sells them

The story is old by now, yet relevant to all the folks who search for jobs and bang their heads into walls trying to get them- read this to get my take on the job search headache that has been my life.

Back to the story, Career Excuse sells, for a fee starting at $150, a fake job reference, replete with fake website, working telephone number and voicemail, and a "legitimate" email to send inquiries to.
William Schmidt, owner, does not take any moral stance, stating from the classic entrepreneurs standpoint, that it's not his problem if the person gets in trouble for unethical behavior. He has a good and he turns a profit on it.

Now while I can see having an excellent job reference to land the position can be game changing, lying about it certainly doesn't seem to be the smartest bet, especially if you are found out. 

What does this say about the person employing the service? 
Maybe they really are down and out for a reference.

But the fact that they used one, should they be discovered, belies their authenticity as an individual and employee. Perhaps a better candidate was passed over because such a sterling review - or the appearance of that website - created a falsely positive impression of Joe Jones over Sally Smith. Now you have an employee that casts doubt about their real skills and motives in the company.

Recourse for hiring could pan out in several ways, depending on how the employer takes it, versus if the employee admits to it with a slice of humility. Either way they lied, in a big way, and this leads to my point.

Lying to get the job, especially if it's a big lie - citing job experience where you have none - can definitely come back to give you a good thwacking if you are called upon to perform feats of skill or discuss what's listed in your experience on your resume. The more complicated the fib you have to tell, the harder it is to remember all the details. If someone suspects you, chances are they will subtly try to trip you up - there you are, egg bits and goo all over your face (the lie), and there they are, trying to decide what to do with you.

Be honest and play it close to cuff. As we learned from Bernie Madoff, liars always get caught.

Bernie Madoff. The name should have been a clue.

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