Lying–and why you shouldn’t do it–has been somewhat of a theme of this blog. I get lots of hits from Google of people querying whether they can lie about salary, jobs or any other job related thing. The answer is no. You will be busted. And I have a story.
I teach the adult Sunday School class at church. Yesterday we had a bunch of visitors from two states away who were up in our neck of the woods for a Boy Scout camp out. The Scout leaders were in my class.
After Sunday School was done, one of these visitors came up and said, “you remind me so much of a Sunday School Teacher I had 20 years ago. I forget her name, but her husband was [my father’s name]. So, it turns out that my mother was his Sunday School teacher 20 years ago, and I looked and acted enough like her that he felt compelled to tell me.
He had no idea who I was–not only was I a child back then, I now have a different last name and I go by my full first name rather than the nickname I used back then, and I was raised in the West and now live in the East. My point? It’s a small world. You will run into people who know you or your relatives. You can’t expect to keep things secret. As soon as you say, “I was making $120,000 a year at my previous job,” your former boss will waltz down the hallway and see you.
So don’t lie. You never know who that person in the back row is. I certainly didn’t recognize him. It’s a good thing I didn’t say or do anything that would embarrass my mother.