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Why You Should Never Lie on Your Resume

Why You Should Never Lie on Your Resume

Charles Purdy, Monster+Hot Jobs senior editor

Just the Facts

According to, some of the most common resume lies are about education, employment dates, job titles and technical skills. And these are the same resume areas that, if you fudge them, can cause problems — the Internet has made it much easier to verify a person’s claims about education, for instance.

And Nason notes that firms like his are sleuthing far beyond a candidate’s given references to corroborate his claims — for instance, finding and contacting the candidate’s former colleagues via LinkedIn.

Career expert Liz Ryan says, “People think that they can make up and embellish details about companies that have been sold or gone out of business. But LinkedIn, Facebook, and our wide-ranging networks will put a quick stop to most efforts to change history in our favor.”

Truth or Consequences

And even if false credentials get you the job, those untruths may come back to haunt you.

“You’re subject to immediate dismissal if it turns out you misrepresented something,” says Nason.

If your company is acquired, for instance, the acquirer’s HR department may perform an audit of its new employees. Or your background may be checked when you apply for a promotion. Former Notre Dame football coach George O’Leary and celebrity chef Robert Irvine are just two of the people who made news when false background information cost them high-profile jobs.

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