advertisement advertisement advertisement The truth is out: A 2020 ResumeLab study shows that a majority of job seekers fudge a detail or two on their résumés. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed confess to outright lying, and still others admitted to stretching the truth, bringing the grand total of résumé fraudsters to 56%. advertisement advertisement If you are a recruiter or hiring manager you may well have seen a résumé that has this touch of "creativity." In fact, a full 93% of people surveyed in this same study said they knew someone who had lied on their résumé. Let's look at what constitutes a lie, why people do it, and what the consequences are if you're caught. WHAT CONSTITUTES A "LITTLE WHITE LIE" ON A RÉSUMÉ? There are several common ways job applicants "enhance" their résumés, convinced such statements will improve their chances of landing the job. The most common lies are in work experience. That might mean taking full credit for a project others worked on or overstating sales figures. Alternatively, applicants often claim skills they don't have, such as language proficiency, or they misrepresent job responsibilities. advertisement Another form of white lie is literally that: Using white fonts in… Read full this story
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