Blog Roll: 10 Most Ridiculous Resume Lies

Jason Morris

HR Recruiting Alert has a posting of the most ridiculous resume lies.  I found it fitting considering our latest press release.

Some job applicants exaggerate previous accomplishments or fudge dates to cover unemployment gaps. Others use fibs that are much less subtle.

Here are the 10 most ridiculous lies recruiters have caught, courtesy of a recent CareerBuilder survey:

1. Claiming to be a member of the Kennedy family.
2. Listing a degree from a fake school.
3. Including a photograph — of someone else.
4. Claiming to a member of Mensa.
5. Listing military experience dating back to before the candidate was born.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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