CVS / JUL. 31, 2013
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Why You Should Never Lie On Your Resume

Although it may be tempting, it is never advisable to lie on your resume, especially when you are applying for your dream job! There are a number of ways that recruiters can check the validity of the information you include in your resume, and the last thing you want is for your dream employer to tell you that you didn’t get the job because you lied!

According to various surveys, many employees of all experience levels and professionalisms have admitted to lying or embellishing their work experiences on their resumes in the hope of impressing recruiters and landing a job.

Common areas lied about in a resume:

  • Start and end dates
  • Job titles
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Job responsibilities

Why is it important to tell the truth?

It is important that you include the truth and nothing but the truth on your resume because recruiters have become wise to the fact that so many candidates are fabricating the facts in a bid to get a job under false pretences. This means that recruiters are taking the liberty to check whether the information you include is in fact correct.

How are recruiters checking your resume for lies?

There are 5 main strategies recruiters are adopting to verify the information provided in a resume…

  • Perform a standard background check
  • Contact referees through company websites to ensures referees are genuine
  • Check for red flags i.e. employment gaps
  • Search for the candidate via social networking sites
  • Test candidate’s skills with tests implemented at interview stage

Recruiters want to find the best person for the job and so it is to be expected that they will perform the necessary checks to ensure they are hiring the most suitably qualified person. As a rule, avoid lying or slightly fabricating the truth because if the recruiter does happen to check, you may have cost yourself your dream job as a result of your resume lies.

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