Posted by Mornings with Nicolle Camarata on September 30, 2011
In this economy, you’d think people would be tempted to fudge their resumes to increase their chances of getting hired. And you’d be right.
–A survey by a national temp agency called OfficeTeam found that people have been doing just that.
–One out of five people surveyed said they know someone who lied on their resume.
–The most common lie job applicants tell is about their previous job duties. 58% of resume liars embellish their responsibilities at their old company.
–The next most common lie is on education, with 34% of dishonest resumes embellishing that part. Next are employment dates and job experience.
–But the liars aren’t fooling as many people as they think. 43% of hiring managers say they think applicants are often dishonest on their resumes.
–One red flag is when you describe your skills in an ambiguous way. Phrases like “familiar with” and “involved in” could mean you’re hiding your lack of real experience in that area.