Today I heard a story about a friend who had discovered a former colleague had… um… got ‘mixed up’ on her linkedin profile. The result was that this woman had effectively given herself my friend’s career history.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard of – or seen with my own eyes – people ’embellishing’ their careers on linkedin.
Of course it’s a tough economic climate, you have to sell yourself. But I have mixed feelings about linkedin. On the one hand, it’s a very convienent way to send someone your CV if they ask for it, or show off your work, touch base with former colleagues and get references.
But I do wonder if people assume that because it’s online they can put any old nonsense. Give themselves jobs they never held, embellish their job titles, and so on. And hope they don’t get caught out.
The thing is, though, the past does have a way of catching up with you – particularly if it’s a past that doesn’t belong to you.
What do you think? Should you embellish your career history on linkedin – or is it better to tell the truth from the start?