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Career advice from the corner office: Résumé lies, new boss tips and more

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"Executive Z" as he prefers to be called, is a 30-year veteran of the corporate battlefield. In exchange for his anonymity, Z agreed to answer your tough career questions with honest truth. 

How much does a résumé lie matter?

Q. Recently, it came to light—only to me—that one of our star employees lied on his résumé six years ago to get the job. Our organization has a zero-tolerance policy on dishonesty, so I’m in a real bind here. This person’s production is really off the charts. Any advice?

A. I’m especially interested in your zero-tolerance policy and the dangers of using that phrase. Does that mean, for example, that any dishonesty of any kind, in any circumstance, results in termination? If someone obfuscates the reason they’re late for work one day, are they fired? What if they know a project will be late but don’t tell anyone? Are specific penalties outlined in the policy? You can see how such h...(register to read more)

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