It has been said that vocational aptitude should be weighed against academic achievement when it comes to choosing medical students. In other words, a good bedside manner goes a long way in healing the sick. Such an idea may seem like common sense but such a quality does not usually count for much, simply because we all possess it to an extent. It does not qualify as what really counts - a credential. We live in a world obsessed with credentials, sometimes to the point of abandoning our common sense. Americans in particular are obsessed with credentials. Marilee Jones is a kind of poacher turned gamekeeper of academia. Until recently she was dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the gatekeeper of entry to one of the elite institutions of American learning. She has lost her job in disgrace because, contrary to her resume, she has no credentials. The full story of her remarkable achievements in her job appears elsewhere in this paper. The MIT is a better place for her having been there. She would not have been there had a college degree been required for her entry-level job when she started 28 years ago and her fake credentials had been checked then. Her subsequent success does not mitigate the lack of integrity that opened the door to it. Dishonesty in such matters cannot be tolerated. But it raises the question whether the fashionable obsession with a good resume detracts attention from whether its owner is the best candidate for the job. Anecdotal evidence from employers is that just because someone has the right credentials does not prove they are up to the job. Relying on credentials without referring to work experience or evidence of aptitude is the lazy way out for human resources advisers who sometimes hold a lot of sway without knowing that much about the core activities of the company they are hiring for. In the end all credentials are pieces of paper. We strive to obtain them and much importance is understandably attached to them. But credentials alone do not always reflect a person's true potential.