MISINFORMATION

On the Linkedin web site Darrell van der Zyl claims to have attended the University of Liverpool for the three year period 1980 to 1983 and, by implication, obtained a degree in Economics.
Both are incorrect. The simple truth is: his time at university was terminated at the end of the first year and he left without obtaining any qualifications.
(The sections reproduced below are dated 01/10/2015)



COMMENT
It is inexplicable as to why Darrell would find it necessary to misrepresent his educational record. His parents, Nikki van der Zyl and George, raised him and his sister with the highest moral standards and his grandfather Rabbi van der Zyl would have instilled in him the Jewish moral code which applies to every aspect of life - family and in business.

An Employer’s Guide to Judaism has been created and published by the Board of Deputies of British Jews. It is intended to be a practical guide for employers and provides useful information for the practice of Judaism within business.

Linkedin provides a link for Reporting Inaccurate Profile Information.

There is a widespread trend of individuals misrepresenting their credentials in order to obtain employment positions in both the private and public employment sectors. Social media facilitates this and it poses a serious dilemma for both prospective employers and current employers throughout the country, in their quest to obtain the best employees for available job positions. The many high profile cases of employees misrepresenting credentials are only symbols of what is occurring regularly in everyday life. The misrepresentation of credentials has occurred in the legal, the medical, the accounting and the engineering professions - just to name a few.

Resume fraud encompasses providing: (1) phony employment history; (2) bogus credentials, including, degrees and certificates; and (3) exaggerating job responsibilities and achievements. Falsifying ones‘ educational credentials has been reported as the most common type of resume fraud. The second most common type of resume fraud reported is when a job candidate enhances his or her job title.

The temptation to deceive often starts with a claim that a qualification was obtained from a higher institute, when it was actually obtained from a lower one. For example Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is named after John Moores and was previously called Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts and later Liverpool Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992. Darrell's wife obtained a law degree from the polytechnic but subsequently claimed to have acquired it from 'Liverpool University' - thereby hoping to give the impression of being an alumni of the top ranking Liverpool University proper, which has eight Noble Laureates.

In 2010 a woman who lied on her CV that she had A-Levels to get a NHS job was jailed for six months. Daily Mail report

While it is not suggested that Darrell has committed any offence, it remains unclear as to his intention or purpose in enhancing his credentials when he was a director of his own company.
UPDATE: In Feb. 2016 the entry referring to Liverpool University on Darrell's Linkedin page was removed.

Further reading: False Claims on a CV - What to Do
and CVs - to lie or not to lie written by Antony Gibbons, Commercial Litigation Solicitor


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