How Many People Lie On Their Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

Unfortunately, it is absolutely impossible to gauge how many people lie on their resume; but if you are considering this question-it is probable that you are considering doing so to boost your own credentials and qualifications to get the job. If so, here is what you need to know about lying on your resume.

Employers Check The first thing you need to know is that employers will most often check large claims you may make about your career qualifications-whether it be employment history or education. They will do their research through calling your references, inquiring at previous employers, and calling universities. They do so to protect themselves from someone who is not qualified for the position, and can therefore, not do the job as well as someone who has had this experience and education. This said, it is never wise to lie, as they will find out.

Interview Questions Another area that employers can easily test whether or not what you say on your resume is true, is through asking you specific questions about the school and/or experience you have-that you would not know if you hadn’t received it. It may be subtle or very direct, but employers want to make sure that you are who you say you are, and that you are as prepared to do the job they might offer you that you say you can.

On the Job Even if you are somehow able to get past the research and interview questions to see if you do have the experience and education that you lied about on your resume; once you get to the job, they are going to expect you do know how to do these things-and if you have never done them, you will be in hot water. Meanwhile, you will have to either ask for help from the supervisor and/or colleagues and they will wonder how you do not know these things that you said you did on your resume.

Word Gets Around Once you have been found out for lying on your resume, word can easily and quickly get around about your bad practice in resume presentation; and you can miss out on a lot of positions that you are truly qualified for. For example, if Company B finds out that you have lied on your application, they could easily tell Company C to watch out for anyone submitting a resume with your name. This not only has you losing the first position, and any potential ones in the future.

Exaggerating and Lying There is a huge difference between lying on a resume and dressing it up with a little exaggeration-just a little though. You do want to make your experience and capability as a job applicant as attractive as possible to a potential employer; but you should never lie. An exaggeration-as long as it is founded upon truth-is, in most cases, ok. A good example of an exaggeration that is ok for a resume is saying that you have excellent communication skills, when they may be mediocre. Lying would be saying that you have excellent communication skills, and you are actually very shy.

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