“If you need justification or reasons not to lie on an email or résumé, you have already lost the battle of being honest.”—Paul Babicki
As the quotation suggests, there is no compromise for telling the truth in job hunting. In my research, many esteemed people say that to avoid talking about oneself dishonestly, you can use a creative approach where you omit or don’t fully disclose certain data. When it comes to ethics and Netiquette, there are no half-truths. However, there is also the consideration of providing too much information.
Almost all job applicants know that direct lies will almost always eliminate a candidate from consideration or cause termination when they are hired if the lie is uncovered. Many job seekers will not even consider being untruthful either out of conviction or fear.
However, there are some people who take a “middle ground” by rationalizing, somehow, that a disputable truth achieved by being indirect is not a lie. This is done in one of the following ways:
· Omitting salient data
· Avoiding the issue
· Substituting facts
· Changing the subject
· Giving unrelated information
· Ignoring Netiquette
· Ignoring logic principles
Contradictions in any communication are the first stepping stones of mistrust.The following is another list of Netiquette essentials that comes from a more generalized, everyday perspective. They are still significantly advanced beyond the general Netiquette 101 lists that proliferate on the Internet.
Paul Babicki, Netiquette IQ: A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013).
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