6 Lies We All Put on Our Resume

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6 Lies We All Put on Our Resume

According to a survey conducted by coursework writers and the staffing firm involving over 300 senior managers and 1,000 workers, 38 percent of the employers noted that they fired a candidate just because they caught them lying in their resume.

Moreover, about 50 percent of the participants reported that they have lied in their resume, while 55 percent of people belonging to the age group 19-35 years revealed that they lied.

Well, we all know that lying isn’t a good thing; in fact, starting your career on a lie can be problematic in so many ways. But apparently, it’s tempting to present your life in the best way possible when it’s about the job application – even if it sounds like exaggerating your skills and just straight-out lying.

That said, we have gathered a list of 6 most common lies found in everyone’s resume.

Over qualification

If you have seen a popular legal series, “Suits,” a character named Mike Ross lies that he went to Harvard. It isn’t just a fictitious character, but actually many people out there fake their qualification on their resume. Scott Samuels, CEO of search firm Horizon Hospitality, exposed that he had an employee who “wrote attending Cornell School of Hotel Management on the resume when they only took one class online.”

Employment periods

Well, there’s no shame in admitting that you have been terminated from a job, and any experienced employer will definitely understand if you clearly explain the scenario to them. What’s more shameful, though, is falsifying employment dates on a resume to hide the tie gap. According to the same survey mentioned above, 26 percent of workers have lied about their employment time.

If, for some reason, you have to leave the job or got fired, just tell the truth to your employer and explain what the problem was and what you have tried to overcome it. They will appreciate your honesty and that might also increase your chances to get hired.

Technical skills

Many employers lied on their resume about marveling some apps such as Microsoft Excel, but only a few of them actually knows how to use it properly. What if your employer assigned you a technical task you don’t have an idea about? Not only you will be busted in front of the entire staff but your image will also be ruined. It’s always wise to leave cool-sounding technical skills off your resume.

Graduation Year

Every employer runs a background check and confirms whatever you write in your resume, so be honest when writing your graduation date. They will even ask for supporting documents to confirm the dates; we are pretty sure you can’t forge your degrees.

Salary

Falsifying your previous salary is the most common tactic to score a higher salary, and that’s why your employers can easily catch this lie. So, we recommend you never lie about what you made or make currently. According to research conducted by Grad School Hub, about 40 percent lie about their salary than anything else on their resume.

Falsifying your salary is not only morally wrong but also extremely risky when your employer would reach out to your previous workplace and uncover your lie. 

Volunteer experience

Listing your volunteer experiences on your resume reflects how compassionate and selfless a person you’re outside of the workplace, but lying about it would give an exact opposite impression. If you really want to fill in the volunteer work section, then you should go out to participate in a Ngo, rescue a dog, spend some time at the old house etc.

Columbia College is not Columbia University, and attending one online class doesn’t mean that you have certified the course, so stop lying on your resume because your employer is definitely smarter than you!

- AUTHOR

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