Dear Prudence: Should he come clean about lie on résumé?

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  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Dear Prudence: I’m in my mid-40s and have a relatively successful career. For more than 20 years I’ve exaggerated on my résumé, in particular regarding my education. I got comfortable with the lie and no one ever questioned my “degree.”

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dallen40Apr. 25, 13 5:13 PM

Please Please Please know that all companies verify education credentials these days, for legal reasons. If you don't make the effort to begin completing your degree, then no future job opportuities will come your way.

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luckydog2Apr. 25, 13 5:40 PM

I feel this person should update their resume to reflect the truth and then use it to find a new job. That and/or go back to school to actually earn the degree that helped them win their current job. Nobody needs to carry this for the rest of their life and continue experiencing jolts of guilt/fear "at 3am." My 2 cents.

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mustang07Apr. 26, 1312:34 AM

Start looking for a new job, but don't spill the beans to anyone at work. Some people who have been in their position, "for a while," tend to forget how fluid the job market is currently, and that there really may be a better job elsewhere. For most positions, a degree means nothing after you have a few good years of work experience, which you certain must have if you are in the middle of a "successful" career. Assuming you attended some college but didn't finish, just put the years you attended and nothing else in your education section. If you never attended college and completely fabricated your degree, don't put an education section. Your professional qualifications are FAR more important. You don't mention if you are in a field. Unless you are in a field like higher education where a degree is 100% non-negotiable pre-req for the position, you should find a new position while using a non-exaggerated resume.

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