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Resume Fraud

How Many People Lie on their Resume?

When it comes to lying on your resume, there is just one policy, don’t do it. The hiring community can be a very small circle. I have spoken to many hiring managers, recruiters, HR professionals and other employment professionals who can recall almost every time they caught an applicant who lied on his/her resume.

Maybe only a few people lie or misrepresent themselves on their resume.  How pervasive is resume fraud? A report from professional association Career Directors International, based in Melbourne, Fla., estimates that 42% to 52% of job seekers have admitted to lying and/or misrepresentation on their resume. In another study by CareerBuilder in 2008, is that employers found almost 50% of those interviewed lied on their resume and another 30% who provided fake references.

Does it Pay to Lie?

If the stats above are correct, then job seekers are not playing in a level playing field?  How can honest job applicants compete in the job market against those who lie or stretch the truth in their resume?  Let’s face it by being honest, your resume will pale in comparison against one written like a science fiction novel. It would seem like it does not pay to be honest on your resume.

Perhaps what those job seekers don’t know is that the Society for Human Resource Management reported that 96 % of employers perform some sort of reference or background check. Having been on the other side of the interview table, I can tell you how easy it is to tell when someone has misrepresented their resume and is trying to lie during an interview.  Lying on your resume is is much easier than lying in a job interview when you are asked many probing questions and you are already nervous.


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