Sunday, March 23, 2008

Faking Resumes

Online ResumesIt’s easy to dream up qualifications & work experience that you think will bolster your CV. But, the repercussions of faking resume facts can be professionally devastating.You learnt early in life that lying was bad. Despite such early conditioning, adulthood has probably taught you to see things in slightly greyer tones.

In a resume, everyone wants to present his or her experience in the most attractive light possible, but information can’t be fiction. Whether you’re exaggerating job accomplishments or creating complete fabrications, lying is simply a bad idea. It might be one of the dumbest and most damaging things you could do in your career, but, surprisingly, a lot of people do it.

According to the Society of Human Resource Managers, more than 53% of all job applicants lie to some extent on their resumes.

Tragically, those who don’t lie on their resumes stand to lose jobs to those who do. That’s where most candidates go wrong and are tempted to give in to peer pressure or exploitation at the hands of a head-hunter.

In times of temptation, it is important to remember that it is what you do with the document, rather than what the document can do for you.

Lying on your resume can come back to haunt you — sometimes even many years down the road. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, reduce the issue by being creative about marketing yourself and don’t let perceived obstacles stall your search.

Cheers to all those honest people out there who are sticking to facts and demonstrate integrity when it comes to applying for jobs!

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