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The Ethics of Resume Writing

In many cases, ethical crossroads and challenges occur throughout a professional career, but sometimes they may actually present themselves right at the start. When it comes to honestly representing oneself, employing professional ethics should precede actually earning a job. It is estimated that 33% of resume information is misleading, embellished, or blatantly inaccurate, as career seekers “dressup” their resume to improve chances at landing a job. The ideal situation is to have followed the path of a strong candidate and therefore never trip over the ethical line. Most people though, vary in the level of education, academic achievement, public service, work experience, and professional aptitude. Due to the variability and the often known traits of an “ideal” candidate, individuals seeking gainful employment attempt to produce a resume that looks more like the “ideal” than the actual.

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