We’ve all been tempted to stretch the truth on our resumes at one point or another. Maybe you exaggerate your responsibilities a bit, or fudge the dates of your last few positions. After all, everyone does it, right? Wrong. Lying on your resume is a huge no-no, and can come back to bite you in more ways than one. Here are four reasons why you should always tell the truth – unless, of course, you’re really good at lying.
1. You Could Get Caught
In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever for employers to verify the information on your resume. A simple Google search can turn up old news articles, LinkedIn profiles, and social media posts that conflict with the information you’ve provided. And if your lies are uncovered, it will reflect poorly on both you and your ability to perform the duties of the position you’re applying for.
2. It Creates an Inaccurate Picture of Your Skills and Experience
Let’s say you land an interview based on a lie you told on your resume – congrats! Now comes the hard part: actually having to do the job. If you don’t have the skills or experience necessary to perform well in the role, chances are you won’t be employed for long. Inaccurately representing yourself on your resume ultimately creates a false sense of expectations – not just for you, but for your employer as well.
3. It ruins your chance for a positive reference later down the line
Asking your previous employers to act as references is common practice during many job searches. But what happens when they tell potential future employers that you lied on your resume? Not only will this damage your reputation, but it will also make it harder to get hired in the future. Once a lie is out there, it can be difficult – if not impossible – to take back.
4. It says a lot about your character
Lying is considered a major character flaw by many hiring managers – and rightfully so. If you can’t be trusted to tell the truth on your resume, what else are you capable of lying about? Your integrity is one of the most important qualities an employer looks for in candidates, so it’s important to protect it at all cost. After all, once it’s gone, it may be gone for good.
So there you have it – four compelling reasons not to lie on your resume (unless you’re really good at it). The next time you’re tempted to fudge the facts a bit, remember that honesty really is the best policy… even if it doesn’t always get you the results you want in the short-term..”
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