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Lying on your resume

Lying on your resume, you may agree, happens more often than you think. Many have had the urge to write something on your resume which may not be 100% true.  Maybe it’s not a lie, but it’s definitely not the truth.  At the end of the day, you don’t feel bad about the minor fib.

If you happen to get an interview, way to go.  The problem now is, how far do you take the lie, but worse yet, what happens if you get caught during the interview question period.  Is it worth it now?

Let’s have a frank discussion about resume liars.

So you lied, now what?

You maybe surprised, but lying on your resume is more common than you think.  Whether or not it’s the right thing to do though, that’s up to your own ethical framework.  But will lying enable you to get an interview and the job?

Alright, let’s get something straight, everyone does not lie on their resume.  Most people spin the truth a little bit to make themselves look better than they actually are.  No, this isn’t technically lying, or at least those that do it don’t believe its lying.  At the end of the day, if you happen to get an interview based on lies, you better hope you don’t get the job because it may not last very long.


% of Employers who have caught a lie

Some clear giveaways that you have lied on your resume

If your resume happens to get past the screening process, and your interview bound, there are a few signs that will give away your resume lying ways.


  • The skills stated on the resume are an oversell. Once you are asked questions about the details on a certain skill set, it may be an obvious give away that you lied, so it’s always best to keep things honest.
  • Your job title isn’t necessarily what you were given at a past employer. It’s great that you want to have a title that you find meaningful, but to oversell this fact will be easy to spot once you start talking about your experience.
  • You may have had gaps between jobs, did you fill in those gaps on your resume? Often times, employers ask about gaps in your resume, after all things happens, you may have lost your job or possibly decided to take a break.  Whatever it happens to be, the employer will thank you for being honest, and if they simply don’t trust your reasoning, you are toast.  Don’t worry about gaps, they happen sometimes.

According to a Career Builder Survey:

The industries where employers uncover the most lies are:

  • Financial Services – 73 percent
  • Leisure and Hospitality – 71 percent
  • Information Technology – 63 percent
  • Health Care (More than 50 employees) – 63 percent
  • Retail – 59 percent

Show your true colors

Remember, you want the interview to show the employer that you can do the job better than anyone else.  Don’t get to the interview phase just to show the employer that they are interviewing someone that has lied to them.  You’ll lose your credibility and you will probably feel terrible about it.  At the end of the day, just take the high road and tell the truth.  It’s the only way to not only get the interview, but land a job offer.
Sources: Career Builder
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