Stretching the Truth on IT Resumes: Getting MDM on Your Resume

It‘s a bit tempting in today’s competitive job market to stretch the truth on your resume. Times are tough and getting your foot in the door is a significant challenge. It’s easy to think that you can add technologies or projects that will get you through the keyword search. You figure that you’ve always interviewed well, so it seems pretty harmless in the overall scheme of things. Think again.

One of my clients confessed that he had included information about an MDM implementation on an earlier resume and had been asked during the interview what MDM tools he had used.  Unfortunately, my client’s experience was limited to collecting metadata about his organization’s master data.  It was the very beginning of an MDM program and he could speak in depth about the challenges of working with stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to gather metadata, but his experience didn’t extend beyond that.  Had my client truthfully stated his specific involvement, he would have spared himself this very embarrassing situation.

Sometimes the answer to a problem can be found by stepping back and reexamining what you already know.  For example, the aforementioned client had worked in a limited capacity on a MDM project, but hadn’t been involved throughout the implementation.  He can still get ‘MDM’ on his resume.

Here is an example of how this can be done.  This is what we know about his experience.

  •  He was part of a MDM project team that was establishing a strong foundation for a Master Data Management program moving forward.
  • He was able to generate interest and gain the participation of stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) during the information gathering process.
  •  The metadata that he gathered ensured that consistent and standardized data definitions were used across the organization.

These are the achievements that we highlighted in his resume:

Part of MDM team to establish a strong foundation for moving forward.  Generated interest and participation by stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the metadata gathering process that ensured consistent and standardized data definitions across the enterprise.

OR

Generated interest and participation by stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the metadata gathering process for an MDM program that ensured consistent and standardized data definitions across the enterprise.

Think before you add something to your resume that could become a potential embarrassment during an interview or even after your employment.  Write down everything that you’ve done and then select those elements that do the most exemplary job of highlighting what you do best.

Jennifer Hay (22 Posts)

Jennifer Hay is an expert in Resume and LinkedIn Profile writing for IT professionals / executives. Jennifer has earned the CPRW and ACRW certifications and is the world’s first nationwide resume writer for information technology (CRS+IT). Recently, Jennifer has been honored as the 2013 Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) Judge and Resume/Careers Conference Presenter; 2012 Career Innovation Award from Career Directors International and the 2011 Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award in technical category (2nd Pl).


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