Applicants exaggerate their experience, credentials, and more
According to a recent ResumeBuilder.com survey, 32% of Americans admit to fibbing on their resumes to make themselves look more appealing to potential employers.
What are the top reasons for lies on job-hunters’ resumes?
Here are the responses to the survey:
- to improve my chances of getting hired (72%)
- lacked necessary qualifications (44%)
- got fired/parted on bad terms from previous employer (41%)
- to add more keywords to resume (40%)
Among those who lied, the most common exaggerations were found in these areas:
- years of experience (46%)
- education credentials (44%)
- time position(s) held (43%)
- skills or abilities (40%)
- previous employer(s) (38%)
- previous job responsibilities (36%)
- professional achievements (33%)
- professional credentials or achievements (27%)
- references (27%)
While some applicants might get far along in the hiring process by lying, many others face consequences. After their lies were exposed, 41% had their job offers rescinded and another 18% were fired after they started. An additional 12% were reprimanded.
However, nearly 30% of applicants faced no consequences at all for lying. Presumably, that means they somehow muddled through their jobs with their lack of qualifications undetected.
Even worse: Finance is one of the top occupations where people lied to get a foot in the door: 45% of job-seekers surveyed in the industry admitted to stretching the truth on their resumes. That revelation may explain some things about colleagues you’ve had in the past.