A good resume is everything in the job market.
But no matter how senior you are, the chances of securing a job are probably extremely low if a resume shows that a candidate has worked at 38 different companies over the span of 4 years.
That’s not even ‘good’ anymore. That’s ‘highly suspicious’.
Think that’s impossible? Think Adidas: Impossible is nothing.
Meet Mr Chin
Yesterday, 5 March 2019, Chin Ming Lik was sentenced to 2 years and 11 months jail for using fake qualifications to get jobs at not 1, not 2 but 38 different companies.
The 49-year-old faked a series of documents including a First Class Honours degree in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), certificates from the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Polytechnic and a GCE A-level certificate.
His actual highest qualification is the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE).
Using these various faked certificates, Chin got himself civil engineering jobs at 38 different companies between 2013 and 2017.
Moving faster than the cars in Fast and Furious, Chin went from one company to the next in quick succession to avoid detection. Using this method, he managed to earn up to $9,000 a month.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Pei Wei said that Chin came up with the idea after hearing that project managers in the civil engineering field could earn quite a lot.
Beyond just forging the relevant certificates, Chin also lied on his resume that he had 16 years of experience in the field including in construction companies.
Just two weeks before his arrest, Chin was offered a job as project manager with CHL Construction which he applied for using the forged certificates. He turned the job down, saying that their offer of $7,500 per month was too low.
Oh. Apparently, beggars can be choosers after all.