5 Fatal Resume Lies and Mistakes

2015-04-19 10:33:16, Author: MyJobRating

5 Fatal Resume Lies and Mistakes

Padding one's resume is often treated as normal or even desirable. However, recruiters are well aware of this trick, and they have been trained to spot it. Some people think that padding their resume is going to give them the jobs that they've always wanted. In a cruel twist of irony, the padding that applicants added in order to avoid getting rejected could be what causes them to get a rejection. Even very subtle resume mistakes and lies can cost people job opportunities. When people are aware of these potential mistakes, they'll be that much more likely to organize their resumes properly.

1) Don't be vague with the dates at which you started and ended jobs.

Some people want to exaggerate the amount of time that they actually spent at a given job. Saying that you worked somewhere from 1999 to 2000, for instance, could imply that you worked there for a full year. A person that started a job in January of 1999 and finished in the December of 2000, however, put in much more time than someone who started on the December of 1999 and finished in the January of 2000. However, both parties could technically say that they worked from 1999 to 2000. Recruiters that don't see the months listed may just assume that people who barely even worked at the job in question are just exaggerating their term of employment.

2) Don't actively include experience you don't have.

There was a time in which people could probably invent false companies and claim to have served with them for months. Recruiters will now usually Google companies in order to confirm that they exist. It is easier than ever before to check references today, so job applicants should never assume that recruiters aren't going to take that step. Some of the most blatant resume lies are also some of the most common, and people need to stop believing that they'll ever get away with it.

3) Don't include skills you don't have, especially if they're generic and not applicable to the job.

A lot of people think it's going to be more impressive if they list the ability to speak Spanish or code in Java on their resumes, for instance. When they do this, they run the risk of employers hiring them on that basis alone, thus forcing them to learn complicated skills quickly or lose the job. However, some employers may simply dismiss skills sets that seem vaguely described. If the skills in question don't relate to the job at all, some employers may simply dismiss their inclusion as resume padding.

4) Be honest about your job title and experience.

Some people like to use fancy language in order to make their job titles sound more impressive than they actually were, and they'll do the same thing when it comes to actually describing what they did when they were on the job. Recruiters can easily research the companies in question and find out that the job descriptions on someone's resume represent an exaggeration. They can also easily recognize the strings being pulled. Job seekers will be better off clearly and concisely stating what they did and what they were called.

5) Be honest about your educational attainment.

Employers are increasingly interested in a person's job experience instead of his or her educational attainments anyway these days, since so many people have college degrees now. Having a degree is certainly an asset, especially if it's from a good school and you graduated within a short span of time. However, lying about where you went to school is always going to backfire, and exaggerating about how long it took to finish is going to be just as risky. Even if recruiters suspect that you're lying, it could still be a problem. The advantages of getting away with this and other resume lies are often going to be fairly minor anyway, which makes the risk all the more pointless.

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2 Comments for the article

Steve #

2015-05-25 02:53:52

I changed several companies went through a lot of interviews and I can say - the most important thing is not to lie to the new employer. All of what you say about your experience in the first days of work will be seen. It is better to tell the simple truth about you than tell lies about what you did and what did not study.

Whitney #

2015-05-26 14:54:00

Well sometimes it make sense to give yourself extra credits and mention something you had some exposure but did not do on the regular basic, because in many new places people are willing to teach you new processes. Most part is NOT to lie about your education or certifications because it can be easily verified...

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