Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has apologized for the scandal that has ensued since a shareholder outed the fact that he has long claimed to have a computer science degree that he, in actuality, does not have, according to CNN.
As we wrote before: The moral of the Thompson saga is to make sure to get your stuff straight on your resume – and anywhere else it may appear, whether in hard copy or electronic – or you risk losing a job or job offer, and sullying your career.
But Thompson is just the latest case study. He has plenty of company when it comes to resume, shall we say, embellishments.
Here are three more notables:
1. The Politician
Joe Biden is so close to having the title he’s long wanted – if he could just get rid of that pesky “vice” that precedes the “president.” Biden first sought the presidency in 1988, but that campaign derailed in ’87 when it came to light that he had exaggerated his feats in academia.
Biden boasted, according to media reports, that he’d earned three degrees, graduated in the “top half” of his law school class, had received a full scholarship to law school. In reality, Biden had earned two degrees (one was a double major), had received a half-scholarship and graduated 76th out of 85 in law school. All in all, not too shabby. But not quite the truth, nonetheless.
The embellishments – along with Biden’s plagiarism of a speech by a British politician — knocked the presidential hopeful out for the race for the Democratic nomination. While these things didn’t kill Biden’s career, they may have cursed him to be always a vice and never a president.
2. The Publisher
Marti Buscaglia spent three decades building her career in newspapers, rising to the post of publisher of the Duluth News Tribune. After several years in less-than-temperate Minnesota, she accepted a job in the sunny climes of Southern California as publisher of The Orange County Register.
But, about a week before she started, it came to light that there was a problem with that degree from Peru’s Lima University that she had listed on her resume – chiefly that she didn’t have the degree. The Register rescinded its offer and, poof, Buscaglia was unemployed.
After five years out of the game, however, Buscaglia recently started a new gig in the news biz – as advertising director for the Anchorage Daily News, according to Editor & Publisher. So much for California dreaming. Could be worse, though: At least she didn’t end up in Siberia.
3. The Celeb Chef
Cooking great dishes got British celeb chef Robert Irvine his gig as the star of the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” a few years ago. Cooking up big lies about his work and personal history is what lost it for him. The Food Network yanked Irvine’s contract to do the show in early 2008.
Among Irvine’s resume embellishments: He worked on the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He had a B.S. degree in food and nutrition from Leeds University. He was a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order – the highest tier of knighthood – and the queen gave him a castle.
Irvine later told Florida’s St. Petersburg Times that he was “at the school” when the royal cake was being made – his contribution being “picking fruit and things like that.” And the B.S. degree from Leeds did, indeed, turn out to be BS, as did Irvine’s knighthood and the castle from the queen, according to the St. Petersburg Times story.
Irvine, however, did receive some redemption. He returned to the Food Network as host of “Restaurant: Impossible.”
This article was contributed by CareerBliss
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