From CNN: Ten tall tales told on résumés
August 14, 2008
Résumés are a critical part of any job search. They are the most effective marketing tool any of us have about who we are and what we can do. And all of us want our résumé to be the best possible representation of our work.
But some workers turn their résumés into a work of fiction instead of a representation of fact. A CareerBuilder.com survey of hiring managers and workers looked at the tall tales and bold lies used on résumés.
- Many job applicants get too creative on resumes, making false claims
- Highest rate of resume dishonesty reported in hospitality industry
- College attendance, graduation is easy to verify; don’t claim degree not earned
- Most companies disqualified candidates after discovering their dishonest
Here are the 10 most outrageous whoppers, as reported by hiring managers:
1. Candidate claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family
2. Applicant invented a school that did not exist
3. Job seeker submitted a résumé with someone else’s photo inserted into the document
4. Candidate claimed to be a member of Mensa
5. Applicant claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had
6. Job seeker claimed to be the CEO of a company when he was an hourly employee
7. Candidate listed military experience dating back to before he was born
8. Job seeker included samples of work, which were actually those of the interviewer
9. Applicant claimed to be Hispanic when he was 100 percent Caucasian
10. Candidate claimed to have been a professional baseball player
Modifying your résumé is a lot like airbrushing a photo, and many of us may have made minor tweaks to our résumés. You may have revised a job title that sounded uninspiring or omitted a hellish work experience from your list.
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