Honesty May Prevent Suspension

The D.C. Bar’s Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended a 30-day suspension for an attorney who fabricated academic achievements on his resume. While most of us are savvy enough not to outright lie on a resume (would you want to hire a lawyer who lacks basic integrity?), beware of omitting material information as well. I cannot think of a scenario where a overseeing agency would suspend a lawyer for omitting information on a resume (though I’m sure someone out there can come up with something.)

But last year, I worked with a candidate who omitted her last place of employment from her resume. On poor advice from another recruiter, she neglected to report that she had worked at a large firm for a couple of months and had been fired for taking too much medical leave.

While the large firm may have been in the wrong, leaving this information off the resume (or at the very least, not flagging it in a cover letter) was clearly the wrong thing to do. The firm who hired my candidate fired her on the second day when they found out about the previous employment. Try explaining that one to a third employer!

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