These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences.
When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this application we are asked for name, address, age, residence, academic history, work experiences, references, and other information, which reveals our hobbies or interests. If I recall, falsifying and distorting any information results in job disqualification or termination. When the owner or HR director checks references cited and discovers that a job applicant has intentionally misrepresented facts and educational history, it becomes inconsequential that the applicant is charming or beautiful or has worked diligently for charities and loves plants and animals or appears to be a wonderful human being who has contributed generously to the community.
Suppose that job opening was for a doctor. Or a plumber? Suppose the applicant had embellished their work experiences. Might that act of distortion or falsification lead to actions not in the best interest of clients?
We as citizens are the HR directors of our village, and just as any business owners or developers would, we also must carefully screen all job applicants to be certain of veracity and accuracy for every job listed. When a candidate’s resume is checked and is found to be distorted and inaccurate, doesn’t that indicate a level of his/her manipulation, and certainly a lack of candor? Doesn’t such a resume belong in the big pile of “no’s”?
As a business owner or developer, would you hire persons to make fiscal decisions for your company if they had misrepresented themselves on a job application? And if they were given the chance to discuss and recant their falsifications with you, and still they insisted their resumes and background were truthful, would you hire them to represent your company? Really?
Why would we vote for such candidates to represent our Laguna Beach?
We all have our fantasies and daydreams, in which we can claim anything we like, and accomplish anything we dare, and be anyone we want to be. However, every sandcastle built in the air always crumbles. How sad. If only it were not so.
Jahn Levitt, Laguna Beach
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