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I've not had to lie on my CV (resumé for all you 'merkins) for a while, but way back when I was a teenager and C was a cool programming language, I listed it as one of my skills.

My new boss was remarkably nice about me spending my first week's employment reading a "how to program in C" book.

(, Thu 6 Jul 2006, 14:55)
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"President of a large student society"

That on it's own is impressive, however, when more of the pesky truth is revealed it's really quite rubbish. I can't bring myself to remove this achievement from my CV though and always pray that the interviewer glosses over my claim.

Firstly the society was the Tennents Lager Appreciation Society. Not quite as respectable as most employers are hoping for.

Secondly while we did have nearly 200 members (a lot for a small university) there really wasn't actually a society to speak of. There was only one event for the whole year that only a few people turned up for, we didn't manage to complete the complicated task of affiliating the society so we couldn't get our hands on any lovely Students' Association money, and we didn't even manage to find a replacement committee for the next year so the society died under my watch.

Years later I happened to move several hundred miles to the same city as the old treasurer who still has in his possession the bank account books for our old society which require both our signatures. I've been here 2 years and we still haven't got round to clearing out our old account.

Quite frankly I'm amazed I can hold down a job, let alone run a society.
(, Thu 6 Jul 2006, 16:04, closed)

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