Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
Lesson Learned: Keep your resume clean.
For most of his career, Tiger Woods was one of the best golfers in the game’s history. But more than that, he had an extremely clean resume and a pristine reputation. But in 2009, when his marriage and life fell apart in a very public way, his irreproachable past seemed to no longer matter. Since 2009, Woods’ endorsements have dropped significantly, proving major mistakes can follow you for the rest of your career.
The harm done to your professional life will depend on your past transgressions and the job to which you're applying. If there have been blips in your career that might be preventing you from getting a job, speak to a career counselor about how to manage them on your resume and during job interviews to minimize the impact.