Friday, March 13, 2015

Have you ever lied about your importance?

When someone asks, "What do you do?", what do you say? According to Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder, and a CB study, 11% of people um...lie...when asked that question.

Why?

--Embarrassed by the job--30%
--To impress friends--27%
--To impress new acquaintances--23%

and it went on down the list--to gain leverage with colleagues, negotiate a better deal, impress neighbors, get something for free,                                                           and other.

Other would probably people who just always lie. Even when the truth is interesting enough.

What do these lies consist of:

--Inflating scope of responsibilities--39%
--Inflating title--37%
--Inflating salary---30%
--Inflating influence in company--12%

and there were more reasons: Said they were management and they were not, inflated bonus or pretended to get one, pretended to be friends with the boss, pretended to have a degree they didn't have, said they won an award they didn't win, you get the drift.

When I left my "real" job many moons ago, my title was Assistant Legislative Counsel--before that it was Assistant TO the Legislative Counsel. Some people said--"Counsel? You are not a lawyer." I said becoming a lawyer took three years--getting that title took six years!

I have no idea what that means in this context--it just came to mind.

Personally, I find lies hard to keep straight--but I guess more agile minds than mine can do it.

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