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An Advisers Life – When People Lie On Resumes

Its funny how people think they can simply say what ever they want to say and think they can get away with it.

Coaches, so called Advisers, and Players should know better.

Its so easy to look up peoples work and playing experience today. Reference checks, and simple statistic checking can answer nearly every question. When in serious doubt, simply make a few phone calls and you can learn all you need to know.

Recently I was doing some research on players who I have scouted, and came across a resume of one player I knew very well. Turns out this player said that he is currently the league leading scorer when he is not. It was easy enough to find the statistics on the league site too.

Did the player think that people will just take his word for it? Of course not. Being the leading scorer for this player was surprising enough to make me want to verify and see for myself. Crazy to think about how many other hockey people will do this same thing.

Then I read a resume of a coach who is currently looking for work. We represent coaches too, so I did my research and found some fibs there too. Unnecessary and small, but fibs just the same.

Then we have the “Advisers” who have absolutely zero real hockey experience. Never played, don’t own skates, never coached, never was a GM at any level, and talk about getting players to the next level or college and they have never actually done it.

You know the Tier III placement specialists who promise call ups mid season. Maybe the one who seems to send all of his clients to one or two teams? Maybe the one who has a deal in place to charge kids $500 per call up to get it done?

Moral to the story here? Check references and resumes. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Someone saying they have experience is a lot different from someone being able to prove they have experience.

Second moral to the story? Don’t lie on your resume. You will get caught by people who actually know what they are doing.

Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser


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