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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

Keeping It Real

Career experts have practical advice on how to truthfully deal with some of the problems that may cause people to lie — follow it, and you’ll be able to sleep more easily at night.

Gaps of Unemployment: Just because you weren’t getting paid for something doesn’t mean you weren’t being productive and gaining skills. If you volunteered or worked on your own projects, say, you should speak to those things on your resume, in a cover letter or in an interview.

Misrepresentative Titles: “Job seekers need to lay claim to projects and results that may not have been in their formal job descriptions,” says Ryan. “Here’s an example. An office manager I know took on HR in her company after the HR coordinator left. The office manager’s title was never changed, but she took on responsibility for payroll, benefits and so on. She put all of that on her resume, and changed her title to ‘Office Manager (with HR responsibilities).’ That’s a perfectly good way for her to brand herself, because she hasn’t changed the title to something her old employer wouldn’t recognize or support.”

Past Salaries: Ryan also has advice on how to deal with discussing a past salary you feel was too low. She notes that you should arm yourself with information about the salary you should be earning. For more salary-related information, see Monster’s Salary Tools.

Skills: If you’re tempted to lie about having a technical skill, for instance, the right thing to do is clear: Gain that skill by enrolling in a class (or committing to learning it on your own). Then you’ll be able to truthfully explain to potential employers that you’re working on getting up-to-speed in that area.

This article was originally published on Monster.com.


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