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Small Resume Lies = Big Consequences

Resume Lies

Are you telling the truth? And nothing but the truth?

We have all told an innocent lie so as not to hurt someone’s feelings. That is not deceitful; it’s kind.

When applying for jobs, however, small resume lies come with some fairly big consequences.

You mean there are repercussions for falsifying information on your resume? You bet!

In a recent survey, 58% of hiring managers reported spotting lies on their applicants resumes. 5 of the top 10 resume lies relate to education: alma mater, academic degree, college major, and GPA. Other lies include foreign language fluency, employment history, job titles, and achievements.

As one of the top Florida staffing agencies, we have seen more than our fair share of resumes. Here are some insights from our expert recruiters regarding resume lies.

You Will Get Caught

Perhaps you think you covered your tracks, but it is inevitable that you will be caught lying on your resume. Companies call references, check social media, and have large networks to gain and share information. Also, employers can contact social networking sites and have false information removed if you do not do so promptly.

It Is a Big Deal

You might think it’s no big deal. You may assume everyone embellishes on their resume, and many do. However, fluffing up the wording is very different from flat out lying about your work experience or education. And what does that say about you as a future employee? If you lie on your resume, what else will you lie about?

Tarnished Reputation

Trust is earned and it can be difficult, and often impossible, to earn back. Being dishonest is an incredibly unfavorable trait in a candidate. Lying on your resume instantly disqualifies you from any further consideration. Additionally, the recruiting network is pretty connected and people talk. You may find one little resume lie can take on a life of its own.

In short, lying on your resume is seriously not worth the risk. Honesty is always the best policy, right? Right. Happy Job Seeking!


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