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Dear Poll: Do You Lie on Your Resume?

When you go on a job interview, we all want to impress our potential employers, but how far would you go to make yourself memorable? It's not uncommon to fudge your resume with little white lies, but just how dishonest would you be if you thought it would get you the job? Would you lie about where you went to school, where you have worked, or your GPA? Your secrets are safe here ladies, so what I want to know is, have you, or would you lie on your resume?


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lrcemail lrcemail 9 years
I say don't lie on your resume. I lied on my resume about a company I worked at but didn't. I was called in for an interview for a job that I really wanted and was all excited about going to the interview. Until the woman in HR told me that one of the people I would be interviewing with also, previously worked at the company I had lied about. Although the time I stated that I worked there was a different time then when she had worked there. I just don't know how I'm going to pull the whole interview offf. The reason for me lying was I had worked three years at a company that had gone out of business and there was on one who could contest to all the skills and experiences that I had gained while at that company. I wasn't that I lied about the experience just the place of employment. So I have a friend who I was going to use as a reference who now works at the company I lied and said I worked at. We though it was going to work out but I guess it's not. The interview is today and I'm not sure if I should save myself the embarrassment and not go to the interview or what I should do.
The-Grizz The-Grizz 9 years
Well you don't lie when it is that easy to get caught!
paii paii 9 years
I don't have a resume. Just a work history.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The worst that can happen is that it follows you to the next job. And the next. And the next. If you lie on a resume and your prospective employer calls to check on it, now the former employer knows. When they're called for a reference from then on, chances are they're going to say "Oh did she claim she was a supervisor on your application, too? That's what she tried on the last one" because they realize you're untrustworthy and don't want to recommend someone like that.
The-Grizz The-Grizz 9 years
Well I don't think a few white lies will haunt you forever. Honestly, I probably wouldn't think twice about it. I have done it before but not about my background or anything. I just might add a few skills that I don't have but would learn once I got in there. But I guess thats just the type of person I am. :D I don't think that makes you this terrible corrupt person.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
The worst that can happen is that you start being unable to look at yourself in the mirror because you realize that you're a liar and a manipulator. Who cares about getting fired? It's about what type of person you are.
The-Grizz The-Grizz 9 years
Whats the worst that could happen? They fire you? You might not have even gotten the job if you had told the truth. Atleast this way you might get your foot in the door.
bbkf bbkf 9 years
Definitely not. I worked really hard for those degrees, GPA and previous job titles-- why would I lie?
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
If i can't back it up, im certainly not risking it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
It's never crossed my mind to lie on my resume. Like Greggie said, it's got nothing to do with karma - it's just a bad idea!
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
I wouldn't lie about GPA or other concrete facts... but some slight embellishments about the duties of your previous work experience seems fairly harmless. After all, "filing, copying, and making coffee" doesn't make for too impressive of a description...
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
No need to lie...
Chicago2700 Chicago2700 9 years
I feel like if someone lies on their resumes someone (either the employees, an employee or a recruiter) will figure it out. Lying about your GPA is so easily discovered (via transcripts). I am a recruiter and I know plenty of my clients would prefer an employee who is well rounded and eager rather than a candidate who had a 4.0 in college but has no personality etc. Grades certainly aren't everything and plus- I have never been asked my college GPA at my job..... Lying on a resume just doesn't add up. The gain it not worth the risk!
Linny Linny 9 years
coffeebean... i just graduated in april and I'll tell you why i think employers look hard at gpa for interns and entry level jobs. school is nothing like working in your field so that's how they decide to evaluate if you are a hard worker or not. personally, i didn't have a great gpa when i graduated, so i only put the gpa of the classes in my major, which helped me look better there. i also noted that it was my gpa for my major, not culm. gpa. i also wrote about my school experiences (editor of department paper, secretary of student organization) to focus on hard work, self-starter, leader type things.
coffeebean929 coffeebean929 9 years
I'm a bit confused about the whole resume thing. I am a junior and so recruiters are all over the place trying to recruit juniors, seniors for internship programs this summer. I did fib on my GPA to make it seem like im making the grades by putting down my GPA from my freshmen year...but like im afraid that corp. companies will just throw my resume away if i actually put down my culm. GPA now. it really sucks how companies will just pay attention to GPA rather than look at your work experience. I've spent so many years working in the field of my major but i realize that that won't pay off because i don't have the perfect 3.4 GPA. I don't even know what companies are looking for now? I understand its important to be well-rounded but isn't it more important to have more hands-on experience rather than book smart? You can't just learn how to do accounting based on a takes hands-on experience to learn how to acquire skill from the bottom up and team work. oh my, im so confused!! Junior year is so stressful!! ahhhhhhhhhh.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I wouldn't because it's like all those episodes of 'Friends' when Joey's resume lies just blow up in his face! I would NOT want to be put on the spot like that!
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
i don't lie. i'm proud of what i accomplished and i think its very exceptional. they probably think i'm lying!
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I had to take off my Masters degree to get a job once. I was desperate for money and had interviewed with several people who were very nasty about my MA and made clear that it was the reason I was not hired. So I removed it. Even then, I barely got hired because I had good grades in undergrad (I was applying for clerical/ editorial/ assistant jobs).
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Leaving out parts isn't lying, it's standard and recommended by both employers and head hunters. You want the experience that applies to job you're trying to get, not all experience. Employers generally don't care that you worked at a pizza parlor part-time during high school to pay your car insurance. They want to know what you've done in relation to the job you're applying for. That's totally different from lying on a resume.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
I was told, by the career services office at school, to leave off my current part time employment at a coffee shop so as to not dilute my legal experience from this past summer. I think that your resume is meant to highlight the things you've done that make you worthy of the job you're applying for, not to list everything you've ever done or every task you've ever completed, and the attorneys at school agreed with me
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Honeslty, I never have. And that's the truth.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Nope, a little detail embellishment is cool but flat out lying is not. You never know what may come back and bite you in the booty!
starturtle44 starturtle44 9 years
Just not worth it.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Plus, if you lie on your resume and get caught, now when the next employer calls for your references, that former employer is probably going to share that you lied. So it's not just that one job you'll lose.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Never have I , or would I lie. There is too much in life to remember, much less what the heck you fudged on a resume! I used to call peoples "references" and sometimes those old bosses would give me a nice earful on how crappy my potential hiree was, do they not think we dont call.
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