Have you ever lied on your CV? Blockchain is coming...


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.

ELI5 (Explain like I'm 5), what is blockchain anyway?

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.

3 Reasons Why You Should Care:

  • It has now become easier for your possible new bosses to quickly verify just how much you’re stretching the truth if your university adds a block with your diploma details and your previous employer(s) do exactly the same thing.
  • Fine, so this keeps you honest, but it also keeps everyone else honest. This means that you aren’t competing for the same position with other people who might also be flexible with the facts. And, if you already hold yourself to a higher standard, more power to you!
  • Hopefully, in the long run, this means that you’ll be able to send potential employers a list of blocks and not have to worry about formatting your résumé.

...and 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t:

  • It’ll be years – decades even – before all universities and companies adopt blockchain certification, so we’re still some way off before this becomes a standard.
  • Putting everything that’s in your résumé on the blockchain will probably be impossible – skills, hobbies, the projects you completed, etc.
  • Blockchain is the buzzword du jour. What happens once the hype dies?

The Bottomline

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.

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