CVS / SEP. 12, 2014
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More Than Half of Resumes Contain Lies

According to CareerBuilder, there are many lies job applicants tend to put on their resumes. A survey conducted by the site with 2000 executives had the following results.

More than 50% of hiring managers and HR professionals reveal that they have caught job applicants lying on their CVs / resumes. A majority of these highlight embellished talents, exaggerated responsibilities and even academic degrees that were not obtained at all. Other lies that are regularly featured on resumes are their employment periods, companies they worked for and achievements / awards won.

Some of these lies are funny

Even though they are lies, some of them are extremely creative and funny. Here are some examples.

There was one resume which claimed that the candidate had been assistant to a Prime Minister of a country that never had any prime ministers. There was another profile that claimed the candidate had been a construction supervisor, based on a doghouse building experience.

Some of the lies are just completely ridiculous. For example, a candidate who claimed to have had 25 years of work experience was aged just 32. Another applicant who was fired from a company, applied to the same organization claiming to have resigned his last job.

These are just a few examples among many.

A golden piece of advice by CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder warned candidates against lying. Even though, it is extremely tempting to puff up your profile, furnishing false details is never a good idea.

According to Rosemary Haefner, the Vice President of Human Resources - Career Builder, trust is the most important factor in a professional relationship. When you lie on your resume, you lose it from the outset.

Fibbing may not always be fatal

There is yet another surprising fact about this study. Lying on your resume may not always get you in trouble. The survey revealed that only 51% of employers declared that they would automatically reject a candidate who is found lying. 40% of employers would take a decision based on what the job applicant lied about. The remaining 7% said they would overlook the lie if the candidate is good enough.

Mixed Signals

The survey may give mixed signals. The last paragraph could have still encouraged you to take a chance and lie. But, as Rosemary of Career Builder rightly points out, trust is the most important factor in a professional environment or a professional relationship.

If you are a smart job seeker, you must know the line between falsehood and self-promotion. Sometimes this can be hard to define and differentiate. The difference between a damaging lie and a promotional exaggeration varies depending upon your profession and industry.

According to Brad Karsh, the founder of JobBound, stretching the real facts is highly risky, no matter what point of your career you are in. According to him there is no gray area between fiction and fact. Any fib that is uncovered is liable to severe damages to your workplace reputation.

Hopefully, that will have convinced you to be honest on your resume! Remember, honesty is the best policy.

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