Upse!!!!!! Dear friends,what can i do according to western culture?

South Korea
December 7, 2007 5:09am CST
Today is a bad day for me! i was blamed this morning by my professor. He asked us to hand in a resume homework. Then i copied one on the internet and submitted it. The score was announced this morning, but i got nothing. the professor said, mybe there are many different places between Eastern and Western culture,but if this event happened in USA, the student will be expelled.By the way, he was from USA. Actually, i really don't want to cheat my professor, but I had lots of homework, the more important thing is that i don't care less the resume, because i think resume is not useful for gettng a job, the useful is your real strength. Adimittely, that professor is really a great teacher, i didn't mean to offend him. the only thing is that my attitude to benifits of resume, in other words, it is not a big deal. so i feel regret. i would like to write him a letter.but what can i write about? what should i do for making up the mistakes? i have got a lesson from it, so i willn't do that kind of things again. what is your opinion? thanks a lot in advance.
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6 responses
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
I would have thought a resume would be important in your search for a job, I think a well written resume is something that gets your foot in the door, even though as I found out when learning to do one a lot of lies and padding is done, so I think it may be in your best interest to learn to do a good one, just my opinion.
@dvschic (1796)
• United States
30 Jan 08
u were very lucky that you weren't expelled or at least disciplined. you submitted work that was not yours for credit. i dont think that this has anything to do with eastern vs. western, you attempted to get credit for something that you did not do. everyone is busy, everyone has a lot of work, you cheated basically. as for a resume, yes it is important, it gets you in the door. without a resume, we will not consider talking to a potential employee.
@altari (23)
• United States
7 Dec 07
You need to think of your resume as how you present yourself. It doesn't land you a job, but if it's funny/witty/eye catching/fits the company profile it will get you noticed. Anyway, that being said. Westerners don't write letters. The optimal reaction is to own up, in private, "man to man" so to speak, either before or after class. Something to the effect of "Look, I screwed up. I had a lot on my plate at the time and was looking for a shortcut." And let the conversation go from there. Unfortunately, it probably would have been better to turn in no paper at all then to copy someone else's. In the US, what you did is considered plagiarism (using someone else's work and claiming it is your own), and it is illegal.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
7 Dec 07
First of all a resume is very important to finding a job. It is the first thing hiring managers see of you. It is what gives them the impression of your strengths. You may have all of the qualities they are looking for but if they don't see it in your resume they won't even call you. So, it is very important. As for your incident with your instructor, it is regrettable that you disappointed your teacher. If you are goign to write a letter to him, just tell him how you feel. That what you did was a mistake, it is not something you normally do, you were overwhelmed and let it get to you and you did something wrong and would like to apologize for your behavior. Also, let him know that you respect him as a teacher and his opinion of you matters to you and you are very disappointed in yourself for your behavior. I think that should be some things you could say.
• United States
7 Dec 07
He is definitely telling you the truth. If a student is caught cheating in the USA he or she is kicked out of the class, and often expelled. It isn't going to do you any good to try and explain to him that you don't care about the resume. Here in the US it is a very very important tool for getting a job. I don't know what job hunting in your area is like, but it is a skill in the US that many people lack and not having a good resume can cost you a good job. Maybe you should try and do the homework! Submit an apology letter letting him know that you see your errors along with the homework. Make sure you let him know that you enjoy his class and that you are definitely not wanting a grade for the homework you have no completed, but you wanted to let him know that he has shown the importance of the assignment to you.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
You are lucky indeed. Here in Australia without resume you cant get a job so it is very important. You do follow the format but the things that are included show what sort of person you are. I know lots of cases when someone copied things from the internet without making an effort to make it look like they did it and they were punished for it.