Too Much Honesty Is Simple-Minded.
This has to be one of the best postings on The Brazen Careerist. Here's the thesis.
Someone who is too honest sounds like a lunatic because they seem to have no understanding of how the world works.
Penelope's dad criticizes her for not being honest enough. She counters with a story that depicts him as a schlemiel and explains why she called her brother's stock boy duties "in-store marketing" on his resume.
Erik, worked summers at Blockbuster Video... In a fit of productivity my brother rearranged the end caps to be in line with the standards sent from company headquarters. At the same time, store sales increased 10%. So I wrote on his resume, "Assumed responsibility for in-store marketing and increased sales 10%."
At a family dinner, we passed around Erik's resume... Mike, said, "Are you kidding me? This is such crap. No one will believe this."
Erik kept that line in his resume, and he explained it well when challenged in interviews. And anyway, what is Erik going to put on his resume? "Spent workdays watching movies and complaining about Blockbuster's no-porn policies?" It would be honest, but Erik would sound like a lunatic.
Make sure that your own resume is not so honest that you look like a loser and not so dishonest that you're going to be fired.
The posting brought to mind this story.
I am Gimpel the fool. I don't think myself a fool. On the contrary. But that's what folks call me. They gave me the name while I was still in school. I had seven names in all: imbecile, donkey, flax-head, dope, flump, ninny, and fool. The last name stuck.