Job applicants lie on their resumes. They lie a lot. Some estimates say that as many as 62% of resumes contain embellished education and employment histories. This is why, as we’ve posted before, employers must screen applicants. One recent example of an employee caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak, is Robert Irvine. The popular host of the Food Network show, “Dinner: Impossible,” admitted that he had spiced up his resume when it was discovered that he had not cooked for the Royal Family as he’d represented during the application process. He was released from his contract and a substitute was hired for the rest of the season.
Apparently, though, his cooking and his charm were enough to warrant the forgiveness of the TV network. Irvine is set to return to “Dinner: Impossible” this season. He’s said to be coming back for six new episodes, which will tape in December and January and air in March. His previous and soon-to-be employer had the following to say about its forgive-and-forget attitude to the resume indiscretion:
[Irvine] has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologized for the earlier inaccuracies.
Would you be so forgiving? Would it matter whether the employee was a well-loved celebrity of sorts with big money-making potential?