Lying on your resume can be a deal killer. When jobs started becoming tight after 9/11, thousands of job hunters—including candidates for CEO positions—started lying on their resumes and being untruthful during interviews. Most were caught red-handed.
Employers have become very careful about who they hire ever since. While prospective employers will not always monitor the facts on your resume, they often hire outside organizations to perform employment background checks for them.
When prospective employers call places where you’ve worked to ask for information about you, most companies will cooperate only by giving your dates of employment and salary range. Needless to say, can lose your job by exaggerating salary. That’s what happened to a friend of one of my career-counseling clients in New York.
My client set up an interview with his boss for a friend and former colleague who had been out of work for over a year. The friend, who lied about salary on the application, was hired for an administrative position. After a month on the new job, the boss called this new hire into his office and fired him.
The now ex-employee had exaggerated his previous salary by four thousand dollars. The policy of the bank that hired him was to provide a salary commensurate to the one he previously earned.
The moral of this story is to always tell the truth to prospective employers. The same goes for your resume. Sure, it’s okay to make yourself look better than you actually are. But to exaggerate or to lie about titles, salaries, or achievements is a big no-no. You can get caught and not hired. Or you can get caught and be fired like the person you just read about.
Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel De Cervantes made the point about 400 years ago when he wrote, “Honesty is the best policy.”
Here’s the complete quote from De Cervantes:
“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.”
When it comes to your career management and job search, you jeopardize your future by lying about your past or lying on a resume.
You can learn how to write an honest and persuasive resume in my book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” In the chapter titled Resume Writing Tips you’ll learn all about resume writing in easy to understand one-minute coaching vigynettes. Learn More
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