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Lying on Your Resume

I'm Asking: Have You Ever Lied on Your Resume?

Lying on a resume is a bad idea — no matter if you're fabricating an entire job experience or just a skill set. Your employer is trusting that what you initially bring to the table is genuine, and when they offer you a job it's no doubt they've compared your resume to the other candidates. What if your new employer lied to you about the job you were applying for, and then it didn't live up to its description once you started? You'd probably feel slightly cheated. It's expected that you'll perform a certain level based on your resume and personal attributes, and if your employer finds out that you were dishonest about your qualifications they have your resume on file to back up your lie. I'm sure there are many people that get away with lying on their resume — are you one of them?

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jld392 jld392 9 years
no way. im even scared to eat popyseed bagels in case they will show up on a drug test.
wrngco wrngco 9 years
Never lied to scared to but I HAVE BEEN LIED TO BY THE EMPLOYER ABOUT HOW GREAT THE JOB WAS AND IT WAS TRASH! and Savvy what about when you left a job because you had a psycho boss who threw pictures around, cried and hated anybody thinner than her..you sure cannot say you left because of that!
Dorieo Dorieo 9 years
I too agree 100% with juju and Jude C. I think everyone embellishes to some extent. My friend's neighbor lied about her education on her resume. She said she had her AA when in reality she was a high school drop out. Luckily she was only applying for jobs at the local Wal-Mart, but still. To this day I wish there were some "authority" I could turn her in to. It's just not fair to those of us who do go on to further our education. I wouldn't want her resume touching mine!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Jude C are you in PR? You have quite an ability to turn a phrase :) I'm in charge of hiring customer service employees at our company, but I would say if I got a resume with that language, I would be like "what is is this person talking about?" I guess I'd just rather have it in plain language what the person knows how to do. I don't have time to read between the lines to decipher all the euphamisms. But I bet other hiring personnel do it differently. I wasn't trained to hire people so I'm sure my techniques are odd at best :)
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
Jude C & juju...u nailed it.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
I'm an awful liar. I wouldn't be able to say I can do something and then if someone asked me about it be able to explain myself. I'd be so embarassed.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I agree with popgoestheworld. I've never lied or embellished my CV or resume ... I'd be lost for words at an interview if they asked me about something I clearly had no idea about or didn't experience!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I just word my accomplishments and responsibilities so that they sound fancier than they really were: "Worked for small and big companies" = "entrepreneurial and corporate experience." "Can speak and write clearly and get along with people" = "advanced verbal, written, and interpersonal communication abilities." "Did what corporate wanted, mostly out of fear and indifference" = "adhered to corporate directives to maintain company-wide standards of merchandising and customer service." "Made sure we had merchandise to sell, and salespeople to sell the crap" = "coordinated staffing and inventory ordering with chain owners to maximize sales." And so on. That resume got me exactly what I wanted--a job far, far away from retail--which I've turned out to be good at, and which I love.
juju4 juju4 9 years
At my office we do the whole 9 yards...reference checks, criminal checks, credit checks, education verification, and we verify dates of employment. If anyone hasn't been totally honest on their resume, we will most likely find out, and the person doesn't get the position. I think that maybe when some people say they "embellish" they might be overselling their skills with software, etc. I think there is a little wiggle room in that regard. Like, if you say you are "really good" with Powerpoint and really you are just okay, it may not matter too much depending on the job. Obviously, if you say you are an expert and you are really a novice and the position is all Powerpoint, it would just make life harder when you do get that job.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I could never!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
People don't lie or embellish because you end up looking incredibly stupid when you say you know something and you don't. I would rather hire someone that is honest and says no I do not know how to do that but I am willing to learn because I really want to work for whatever orgainization. On top of that you can potentially ruin your career with one lie and end up black balled from an industry you love and are passionate about. Like I said before I have never lied and everything I have achieved I am very proud of and people know that as soon as I talk to them!
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
i find it hard to believe NO ONE HAS EVER lied or *embellished* about what's on their resume....but whatever! a lot of honest people I guess.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Never done that. It's risky b/c some companies once your hired and they find out you lied will fire you.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I would never do that.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Everyone should "embellish" if by that you mean using good diction and being smart about how you describe the responsibilities you had with previous experiences. However, lying about anything, whether it be numbers, titles, or full positions, is not okay.
emalove emalove 9 years
No! I'd never even consider it! Why would anyone even risk doing that???
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I never did, but i have recieved alot of them that were out and out lies. I tried to call references (that didnt exist, or had no idea who the person was) I tried to call previous employers that told me the person was either fired, or just no showed on day. I really began to realize that some people think that the person doing the hiring isnt going to research thier resume!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Nope. I don't want to be expected to do something for which I am unprepared. I have a good amount of consistent work experience, though. I might have "embroidered" a bit if I did not. By that I mean: including tasks done as a volunteer, or skills acquired in other ways.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Never have and never will.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I haven't, and I never will. I want to be hired for what I am and what I can do, and not have to worry about getting caught "embellishing".
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I was fired once because someone didn't like me personally, and I put a different spin on that, but that's the only thing that isn't 100% truthful.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
Yes Not about skills But to appear to have more previous employment stability
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I don't think I ever have.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
What is the difference between embellishing and lying? I mean, if you put stuff on there that isn't true, isn't it just lying? I guess I'm not sure what embellishing really means, and how it's distinguishable.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I also embellish! Its good to push yourself a little bit. I've also been lied to about a job before...they made it seem so great and once I started working it was completely different from the job description. What a waste of time.
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