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Honesty Always Best Policy When Writing Up Your Resume

Honesty Always Best Policy When Writing Up Your Resume

Molly Selvin | Los Angeles Times

Often, what job seekers leave off their application causes them more problems than what they put on it.

“It’s what they didn’t tell you, that they filed for bankruptcy or sued a former employer or had been sued,” said Kenneth Springer, president of New York-based Corporate Resolutions Inc., another commercial screening firm.

Fessing up always is better than staying silent.

Rick Hammond remembers a promising candidate who failed to disclose a long-ago drunken-driving conviction.

“It wouldn’t have been a deal-breaker if he’d disclosed it,” said Hammond, the president of Rhumbline Cos., a Los Angeles placement agency for accounting and legal professionals. But the applicant was out of the running once a background check turned up the old offense.

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