My friend plagiarized my resume. That's bad, right?
January 9, 2014 2:49 PM Subscribe
A friend copied from my resume/LinkedIn profile and is using chunks of it, verbatim, on her resume. Now what?
posted by Sweetie Darling to Work & Money (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently job-hunting but am also trying to help friends who are looking whenever I can. I offered to send a friend's resume to another friend who's the hiring manager for a position in our field (I don't have experience in the industry, so we wouldn't be competing for the job).
When I got her resume, I discovered that she borrowed content from the Summary of Qualifications section of my resume - from my LinkedIn profile, I assume. There are at least two sentences that are the same, word for word, and a couple others where she has changed phrases to fit her experience but the structure is the same as mine.
I'll claim to browsing others' resumes for ideas, but I put thought and intentionality into my profile in order to *differentiate* myself.
On the one hand I realize you can't copyright a resume, and I know there are only so many self-promotional buzzwords to go around. However, since we are in the same field and city, we'll will probably be applying for many of the same positions. I'd hate for someone to put them side by side and wonder if I did the plagiarizing. On the other hand, I'm conflict averse and not sure whether or how to discuss it with her. On the other other hand, I sure as hell don't want to drag out the thesaurus to rewrite my own summary.
Any advice? I could use a script of what to say to her. And is this a phone call or can I do it electronically? We mostly communicate by FB message. We are having lunch, but not until the week after next. I'm not sure it can wait until then, because there are a few jobs closing soon.