Mark Radcliffe wonders to what degree a resume matters when it comes to a person being able to properly perform a job.
When I read about the resume scandal surrounding Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson (who added an extra degree he never truly earned to his resume—a 2nd degree in computer science, to go along with his accounting degree) who might very well lose his job over it, my first thought was this:
- Why does Yahoo even care what degree he might have gotten 20 yrs ago. Isn’t it much more important that he led a multi billion-dollar tech company as president of PayPal? Isn’t that what they’re really hiring him for? (And frankly, doesn’t that and his 20 years of tech experience more than prove he’s got a pretty good grasp of the computer science field?)
But since I can understand the belief that a CEO should be a trustworthy figure who believes in transparency and honesty, I support the scrutiny. So then I had another thought:
- If he has established such an accomplished and credible track record, why does he feel the need to pad his resume with a measly extra 2nd degree? What exactly is he compensating for at that point?
It begs the question: when does a man no longer feel the need to prove himself?
What drives a man to misrepresent his achievements in this context, when the incremental gain in credibility seems to pale in comparison to the potential loss of credibility he could face (and now has) if the lie comes to light? Sure, we all want to put our best face forward, but how does a man keep his ambition from compromising his honor and integrity?
And how much responsibility did the company have in thoroughly vetting him before hiring him?