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RESUME FALSIFICATION: WOULD YOU LIE ON YOUR RESUME?
Before you consider stretching the truth a little on your
resume – or worse, lying about something like having a
college degree or working for a particular employer – you
should read this article. You might just have second
How many times have you heard someone say, "Just put it on
your resume. There's no way they're going to find out"?
It is tempting to put little white lies on your resume.
These might include overstating your knowledge of required
software ("If they call me, I'll teach myself over the
weekend"), a certification ("They'll never go through all
that trouble to find out") or extending dates at a former
employer ("They can't find out. The company went out of
So what's the big deal? It's not like you're claiming to be
a medical doctor, right? Who are you hurting anyway? You're
just stretching the truth a little to get your foot in the
door -- or so you tell yourself. If these are familiar
thoughts, you might want to re-think them. Why? Because the
risk of getting caught is real. The odds of getting away
with listing false information on your resume are probably,
well . . . who really knows? Do you really want to find out
the hard way?
There are many reasons that could prompt a human resources
manager to conduct an employment background check. Maybe you
are not performing your job as well as expected. Maybe a
co-worker has the same credential and became suspicious when
your facts did not add up during a conversation. Some
companies have never experienced a dishonest employee who
lied on his/her resume, and does not routinely verify work
histories and the validity of credentials. In short, they
have a false sense of security. Just the same, many hiring
managers are keenly aware that lying on a resume is becoming
a costly problem for many companies, and thoroughly