Many financial professionals reach a point in their career when they realize it’s time to move on to another CFO role or to try for their first CFO position. When you are stepping back onto the job market, it is natural to polish your resume before sending it to prospective employers. However, avoid crossing the line between “polishing” and “fudging” – or you may find yourself out of consideration for many promising positions.
In a competitive job market, executive recruiters urge job-seekers to make honesty a priority in all communications with hiring managers, starting with the resume and cover letter. Hiring managers are particularly interested in a prospective chief financial officer’s trustworthiness, knowledge, and scrupulous attention to factual accuracy.
While many job-seekers know that making up a job or title is a bad idea, fewer job-seekers realize that fudging dates or job duties can be equally damaging. How can you avoid the appearance of resume fraud when seeking a financial position? Consider the following tips:
- Avoid buzzwords. Buzzwords run the risk of overselling your skills. They’re also a red flag to hiring managers who may suspect there is no substance behind them. A resume that aligns with the job description can be valuable, but a resume that focuses merely on sounding good can hurt your chances in the long run.
- Lies of omission can be deadly. Misstatements of facts or leaving out information can easily cost a prospective CFO a job offer. CFOs are responsible for strategic decisions regarding the company’s most basic financial information; a prospective CFO who fudges a grade point average or claims to have served in a more prestigious position than he or she actually did can easily cut himself or herself out of the running.
- State dates accurately. It can be very tempting to fudge the months you left a job in order to cover a gap in employment, but it can also be dangerous. First, the truth can easily slip out on your LinkedIn profile, during interviews, or when a hiring manager checks your references. Second, such a lie can follow you around for the rest of your career, casting a cloud over your otherwise solid reputation.
For additional help avoiding these instances of resume fraud, work with an experienced executive recruiter. Your recruiter can review your resume to ensure its accuracy and help you find jobs that match your actual skills and experience.
The experienced recruiters at Daley and Associates can help you polish your resume and target job openings at companies that will support your career goals and challenge you to develop your skills and connections. If you are looking for CFO jobs in Boston, contact us today.