Scott Thompson may well be regretting his actions although he has not admitted it so far, but the CEO of Yahoo! has been left very red-faced having finally been caught out for mention of a fabricated Science Degree on his CV some years ago. The actions have subsequently cost him his job this week. Mr Thompson is not alone in doing this, and some would argue that without the falsehood he would never had been able to achieve the “breaks” in his career that he has, despite his lucrative role coming to an abrupt end at Yahoo!.
For someone of Mr Thompson’s stature, he will no doubt find work again despite his very public fall from grace, but for the average person on the street, such a faux pas can be career suicide. Not only is there the shame, or at the least embarrassment, but getting a reference to be able to move on and find your next job could prove pretty challenging. People lie to cover up all sorts of issues, dates are extended, or interim assignments made up to cover longer periods of not working, education results falsified and even in the past when dates of birth were the norm on CV’s people felt it was perfectly reasonable to shave five or seven years off because they’ve been told they don’t look a day older! But in essence it’s not necessary. There will always be ways to present “weaker” information in a positive light, and any good Recruitment Consultant can easily guide you through that.
In his closing memo to staff Mr Thompson said “ I want you to know how deeply I regret how this issue has affected the company and all of you. We have all been working very hard to move the company forward and this has had the opposite effect. For that I take full responsibility, and I want to apologise to you”
Does Mr Thompson regret his actions? Perhaps only time will tell