There are people in this world who hold to the belief that lying became an acceptable practice around the time that Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress burst onto the scene. Almost overnight, it was okay to lie your way out of an uncomfortable situation.
“Where have you been? Dinner was two hours ago!”
“Stuck in traffic.”
“What caused this huge traffic jam?”
“A tractor-trailer rolled over on the highway.”
“Why didn’t you call?”
“I didn’t have any service.”
Even in situations that aren’t uncomfortable, a lie could put you into a favorable position.
“What was your score on that last hole, Jim?”
“I got a five.”
“Really! Are you sure about that?”
“Yep. I’m sure.”
One place that lying is expected, if not accepted, is a resume. Most articles I’ve seen about inaccurate resumes put the number at around fifty percent. That’s half the population fudging a date, a degree, or a job title. I suspect that number is higher….and rising.
I was recently made aware of a website called CareerExcuse.com. They promise to “act as your past employer and have our operators standing by to give you that ‘great’ reference that you need…” For the nominal fee of $50 a month, they will “match your career field to one of our already established virtual companies.”
As a human resources professional and a person of high moral character, I don’t mind telling you that I find this business abhorrent, unethical, and legally questionable.
There are times when it might be nice to have something like this at your disposal. I know I wouldn’t mind having some improved lab results at my next doctor’s visit.
“Sam, I’m going over your latest blood work.”
“How’s it look, Doc?”
“It’s astounding, really. Your cholesterol numbers have dropped considerably.”
“You don’t say.”
“Have you changed your diet? Increased your exercise routine?”
“Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Really hitting the gym and knocking back those brussel sprouts.”
“Well, whatever it is, keep on doing it!”
“You bet, Doc. And now I’m headed back to the, er, lab to take a drug test for my new job!”
Looking for a job can lead to chronic stress which can put your health at risk. Take measures to limit the impact this has on you by eating healthy, exercising and practicing meditation. Regulating the stress hormone, cortisol, in this and other difficult situations can result in a longer, happier and healthier life. Please leave a comment…