Imagine interviewing for a new job.
When you receive the job description, it is not complete and does not fully cover information you want about the company, job responsibilities, expectations, and required experience. That would be frustrating, right? Well, the flip-side actually happens a lot.
It is not unusual for a recruiter to get a résumé that is not complete and does not include all of the candidate’s work experience, including each company worked for, positions held, responsibilities, accomplishments, and time spent with each company.
Résumé writing should be an accurate and specific summary of all your professional work history. Period. Résumé writing should be sure to show each company and job since college graduation with specific details about scope and accomplishments in each position—and graduation should be included with the college, graduation date, degree received and specifics about the degree and major. If college was attended and no degree was conferred for whatever reason, accurate résumé writing would reflect this. I’m amazed how this continues to be an issue with a parade of executives over the last few years who have lost their jobs because their degree information was not accurately stated on their resume. The most recent fatality was last week when a Wal-Mart Vice President was forced to resign for lying about his degree.
So, for the same reason you would not want to receive an incomplete Job Description, embrace full transparency and full disclosure in your résumé writing. It’s good business for all concerned.