About one out of three people lie on their resume. That’s according to the journal Forensic Psychology. And that number could be low, other estimates put it at about 45 percent. But it’s getting harder and harder. Here are the five most common resume lies, and how companies are getting wise to them.
Nearly 30 percent of job seekers are lying about how much they made at their last job. They’re trying to get a few more bucks out of a new employer and they assume that this is an easy one to pull off. But these days – not so much. More and more companies want to see your W-2 before they hire you, and if they do, any fudging will cost you the job.
Next, a good chunk of people are lying about their job skills. 17 percent of people say they can do something that they can’t. Most of them have a kernel of truth, like you list data management as a skill when all you did was take an excel class in high-school. Unfortunately it quickly becomes clear when you lack critical skills. Stick to the truth, you’re more likely to succeed in a job you’re qualified for.
Third resume lie: Job responsibilities. It’s tempting to make yourself look better by saying you took on more than you did. However, the second the new boss checks your references it’ll become crystal clear that you stretched the truth.
And the final thing people are lying about on their resume, credentials. Some people buy a degree online or make one up out of thin air, thinking no one will bother to check. Well, guess what? It’s standard procedure these days to authenticate education credentials and you will be black-listed if you get caught.