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You know that teensy white lie you put on your résumé? So trivial that it doesn’t even matter, but it might just flip the odds in your favour? Well, it might be time to rethink that. Employers are looking to blockchain — the panacea to most of today’s problems — to solve this problem according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
Imagine multiple copies of a large database distributed over a network that no single person or organisation owns. Each time an entry – a transaction or “block” – is added or modified to this database, all the copies have to agree that the block is valid. So, for example, your university could issue your diploma on the blockchain, and give you the identifier for this transaction. You, in turn, would give this identifier to potential employers thereby making it easy for them to confirm and corroborate the minutiae of your résumé.
Even without the blockchain, if you lie on your résumé, your managers are likely to eventually find out, and depending on how egregious the lie is, you might just get fired. So, you know, it’s probably a good idea to not blur the lines between truth and fiction too much.