Excellent story in the Wall Street Journal about being truthful on your resume. (I am always thrilled to be quoted!)
Key point: Don’t lie.
My take: Most people distort the truth because they are insecure about their credentials, scared they won’t get a job, and convinced every other candidate has a perfect slate of qualifications.
Solution: Really believe in your own value! Know what you’ve done, what you have to offer, and how you will benefit your next employer. If you do have a challenging issue – e.g., no college degree, large gaps in employment, desire to change industries or change careers – accept the fact that traditional applications (online postings) are not the way to go. Focus on networking, personal contacts, targeted search. Make your case with power and passion! The credentials (or lack thereof) take a back seat to the knowledge, value, and insight you offer.