The 7 Most Common Resume Lies

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Fibbing. Exaggerating. Yada-Yadaing over parts.

Whichever way you spin it, lying on a resume is still lying.

BackgroundChecks.org recently released alarming data surrounding the percentages of those lying on their resumes, the likelihood they will be caught, as well as the most common resume lies.


According to the report, these are The Most Frequent Resume Lies:


  • Embellished Skill Set
  • Embellished Responsibilities
  • Dates of Employment
  • Job Title
  • Academic Degree
  • Companies Worked for
  • Accolades/Awards

 

Some industries are also more likely than others to catch fibs on a resume. This is due largely in part to the tech-savviness of some markets over others.


These are The Industries Most Likely to Catch Lies on Resumes:


  • Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Retail

 

According to the survey, over half (51%) of employers said they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on their resume. As much as 40% of employers said it would depend on what type of lie. As much as 70% of college graduates said they would lie on a resume to get the job they want. It's estimated that resume fraud costs employers as much as $600 billion annually nationally.

For more statistics surrounding lying and qualifications, see 'Beware the Pinnochio Profile' by CEO Steve Lowisz.

Are these falsehoods to be expected? What can we do about it? For recruiters, the key is effective communication. With these common resume lies in mind, we can't just take everything at face value. It is worth it to have conversations with our candidates to dig deeper.

As for candidates, sometimes you want to make your resume reflect your skills best, but is it really worth risking the job offer for? It's best to play it safe and only put what is 100% true. Hey, a fib is a lie too.



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