It seems like a good idea, harmless in fact. Your friends assure you that
everybody does it and that employers rarely check resume facts. Going on blind
faith and convinced Single
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the truth hasn't been helpful so far, you seriously
consider fabricating information on your resume. You adapt the school of thought
that a little white lie never hurt anyone and lying on a resume is just that, a
little white lie.Cheating on a resume can be tempting, especially when one has
been searching for a job for months or even years. However, we all know that
fibbing is never a good idea, and the likelihood that you'll be caught is
extremely high. Even if your "creativity" slips through the cracks, karma has a
way of catching up with you.
So either way, lying gets messy.That said, many job
seekers have major hiccups in their professional life-employment gaps, lack of
education and/or experience-and it is becoming increasingly difficult for most
to write their own resumes without exaggerating or flat-out lying. Since resume
fraud is on the rise, employers are taking much more care in verifying
information, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to mislead them. The good
news, however, is that lying isn't necessary if the resume is well-written and
strategically organized.The education and experience sections of a resume are
the ones most job seekers are fixed on fabricating.
They are under the
impression that if they lack the educational requirements or the experience
described in the job description they won't be considered a serious candidate.
That, however, is a myth.Education doesn't top an employer's listMany people
incorrectly believe hiring decisions are made based on the candidate's
education, and they feel compelled to stretch the truth in order to compete with
their degreed counterparts. The reality is that education, though important,
isn't the driving force behind hiring decisions unless, of course, your
profession requires a degree.When a candidate lacks a college degree but has a
solid work history, education quickly falls down the ladder of necessary
requirements. Let's take a look at this point from an employer's perspective.
situation: The job description reads, "Seeking an accounts payable specialist
with comprehensive experience in processing expense reports, reconciling vendor
accounts, and performing bank reconciliations. Successful candidate holds an
associate's degree in accounting."Candidate #1: Jose has worked in accounts
payable for the last five years. During his career, he has set up new policies,
cross-referenced purchase orders with invoices, and interacted with vendors to
resolve invoice discrepancies. His experience comes from the school of hard
knocks and he doesn't have a college education.