Careerbuilder.com reports that almost 40 percent (38 percent) of workers have admitted to embellishing something on their resume.
Another 18 percent said they have actually lied on their resume.
The most common types of falsehoods or exaggerations come up in the types of degrees earned, job titles and previous employers, and data about start and end dates.
Lying or even exaggerating about something on a resume can cost you a job, even when you’ve already been hired. If you think that a hiring manager or recruiter won’t find out about these little embellishments, think again: they’re using some pretty modern tools and techniques to vet candidates and are finding it easier than ever to find those lies and embellishments.
Take a look below for more information about how hiring managers are finding out when a resume is too good to be true.
- They’re checking you out on social media. When you set up your accounts, you probably added information about your work and educational history. If they don’t mesh with what you say on your resume or application, you could be sunk.
- They’re seeing what you say on your social media feeds. Lambast a boss? Swear and say nasty things about said boss? You may have just lost a chance with this potential boss!
- They are performing background checks. They’re verifying where you went to school and what degrees you earned, who you worked for and when. Lie about these on your resume and an employer can – and probably will – find out!
- Gaps in employment that aren’t explained, as well as your reluctance to explain these gaps when asked, are a major red flag.
- Fake references. Place a made up person as a reference and don’t be surprised if the prospective employer tells you he can’t find the reference and ask that you provide more up-to-date contact information. If you reply, “Well, I guess she moved companies,” the employer very well may see if they can find the person via social media, and/or a general Google search.
- If you say you have a certain skill on your resume but really don’t, be careful: many employers are starting to actually test your skills to make sure you really possess them.
Employers understand that honest mistakes do happen and they are willing to hear you out. Just make sure your explanation is honest and straightforward because employers often go with their gut and if a hiring manager feels that you’re not being completely truthful, he or she probably will pass you by.
When looking for work in and around New York City, make sure your (truthful) resume is in the hands of the recruiters at Winston Resources, because we can help you find work with some of Manhattan’s top employers. We look forward to hearing from you.