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The Dishonest Tradition of Fudging the Facts on a Resume

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The Dishonest Tradition of Fudging the Facts on a Résumé

Call it lying, misleading, inflating, embellishing or padding your resume- turns out most of us do it in some form or another in pursuit of snagging that perfect job ... or any job in this economy.

General Information

- How many people lie on their resume?
- It depends on the wording and who you ask:
- 46: percentage of people lying on resumes and job applications.
- 50: percentage of people with at least a small amount of misleading or inflated content on their resumes .
- 53: percentage of resumes and job applications that contain falsifications
- 78: percentage of resumes that are misleading
- **Perhaps this suggest that applicants may not consider embellishing or exaggerating information on their resumeto be lying?**
- The resumeis one of the most common ways that people stretch the truth .
- Almost 40% of human resources professionals surveyed last year by the Society for Human Resource Management reported they've increased the amount of time they spend checking references over the past three years.

What Constitutes a Lie

- A lie doesn't necessarily have to be an outright false statement. Omissions can be just as dishonest as an out-and-out lie .

Other words for "lying"

- "Padding"
- Misleading
- Inflating
- Embellishing
- Exaggerating
- "Stretching the truth"
- Falsifying
- Altering
- "Fudging"

Resume Padding

presenting false or misleading information about one's education, work experience, professional credentials, job skills or other important personal data.

- 36: percentage of time resumepadding is discovered - most commonly resulting in the firing of the employee
- 27: percentage of people who admittedly padded their resumes and lost their job once it was discovered
- 3: percentage of people who were not offered a job after their resumepadding was uncovered

Other Stats

- 60: percentage of people who felt they could "wiggle" out of their lies once discovered and not suffer the consequences
- 70: percentage of college students surveyed who would lie on their resume to get a job they want
- 46: percentage of employment, education and/or credential reference checks conducted revealed discrepancies between what the applicant provided and what the source reported

Why Lie

- A competitive environment has led some unscrupulous job seekers to embellish or exaggerate their experience in order to improve their chances of obtaining jobs.
- Extending employment dates - women returning to work after caring for a child/children, hiding time spent in prison, hiding a job they were fired from, hiding job hopping
- Leaving off graduation dates for fear of ageism (to appear younger)
- Recent grads might raise grade point averages or claim honors they never actually received
- Blurring the line between familiarity and proficiency in technical expertise or language proficiency

Who Lies

- In general, men lie twice as much as women. On average, men tell 6 lies per day and women tell 3 .
- Men consistently rate their own past performance about 30% higher than it really was .
- Women consistently rate their own past performance about 15% higher than it really was .

Top 7 Resume Lies

- 1) Exaggerated job titles and responsibilities
- 2) Falsification of education credentials
- 3) Covering up criminal records
- 4) Inflated salaries
- 5) Falsified dates of employment
- 6) Falsification of professional license/credentials
- 7) Fake experience at "ghost" companies

Which Sections of a Resume Do People Lie Most On?

- 40: percentage of resumes with inflated salary claims
- 33: percentage of resumes with inaccurate job descriptions
- 29: percentage of resumes with altered employment dates
- 27: percentage of resumes with falsified references
- 21: percentage of resumes with fraudulent degrees
- 7: percentage of job applicants who have a felony record
- 3: percentage of job applicants who have a misdemeanor record Possible Consequences of Lying :
- Lies beget lies - keeping it up in the workplace
- Inability to complete job duties
- Possible termination even after years of employment
- Lying is seen as a character flaw
- Damage to your personal and professional reputation
- Loss of references
- Embarrassment
- Legitimate legal action negated - employees who have lied on their resumes have no legal recourse against their former employers even if illegal acts occurred during employment.


- - Source: Accu-Scree, Inc., ADP, The Society of Human Resource Managers. Research Date 7.16.2012
- - Eight Percent of Americans Have Embellished Their Resume, Says New Survey
- - September 22, 2010
- - Source: Accu-Scree, Inc., ADP, The Society of Human Resource Managers. Research Date 7.16.2012