Resume Lies
They creep in everywhere, the little exaggerations or omissions: those little resume lies. Some resume writers even encourage them in the name of “helping” a job applicant look good. But in my viewpoint, the consequences of lying are never worth the risk; they are too severe, both personally and professionally, and too likely to be exposed, even during the job interview. Those little lies include:
  • Inflating a job title. Your job title is so easy for someone to check that it makes no sense to inflate it. If your job title does not reflect what you really accomplished in your job, follow it by a sentence like “held managerial responsibility” or “fulfilled functions of CFO.” Then list the accomplishments that prove that statement.

  • Juggling dates to hide a gap. Nowadays, almost everyone has a gap in their job history. If you are experiencing a gap, fill it with volunteer activities, freelance work or other activities. Do not try to hide it afterwards by altering your dates of employment; this little lie will never hold up to a reference check.

  • Disguising the true nature of your experience. A stay-at-home parent is not a relationship manager. A babysitter is not in the customer service industry. Any interviewer will find out the truth with a few sharp questions.

  • Hiding the extent of your experience. While it is easy to write a resume that overcomes the “overqualified” hurdle, few people can hide the achievements and successes of a lifetime in a personal interview. The way you present yourself, the answers you give to questions, the very questions you ask of the interviewer, all serve to expose your true accomplishments.