Study: Large Number of People Cheat On Their Resume

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

March 30, 2006

Have you ever cheated on your resume to get ahead? A new study shows it's becoming more common in the business world with resumes. You may think it is a harmless white lie or just embellishing, but it may land you in hot water. Employers are really starting to double check the facts.

"I might stretch the truth a little bit, but...it's not really a cold hard lie," said Walter Obando.

"I've probably been creative, but lied? No, that's a strong word but stretched the truth? Maybe," said John Finnegan.

They're not the only ones. A study from ResumeDoctor.com shows out of 1,000 resumes, almost 43% had at least one inaccuracy. The most popular lies are about previous education and length of employment. Some even inflate their job titles to make them seen more qualified.

But if you're one of those people, beware. Companies are cracking down and some employment agencies won't accept it.

"It's just only human nature that's why in the years of being in business that we've taken the steps that we have to provide background checks, to reference previous employers, to verify degrees and to evaluate skills," said Nicholas White, of The Choice Inc. Staffing.

White said the staffing company goes through this extensive process in part because the employer is the one paying their salary.

"We make sure that the information they give us is accurate because our reputation is on the line when we give it to our clients," said White.

Experts said don't give into temptation. What you should do is play up the positives. Telling the truth can't hurt. If it takes you more than one page of your resume to explain all of the details, that is okay because one-page resumes are no longer the norm.

Experts also recommend using bullet points that can be easily matched to what the employer is seeking.


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