Is it on your CV? You’re definitely stuck. Don’t fade the facts – instead, you’ll make the truth sound better.
More likely than not, you put lies on your resume and let yourself go slip along the edge. On Monster’s Grads to Candidates virtual career panel, Staples senior recruiter Trevor Sherman said, “No matter what you do, if an interviewer gets a feeling or has evidence they can’t trust you, that’s it.” Tell a little white lie or an obvious invention, getting caught can be career sabotage – especially when current technology and social media make catching easier. And you will very likely be caught.
Vicki Salemi, a Monster Career Expert and former corporate recruiter, told Monster’s virtual career panel: “We once had to fire someone because they lied on their resume, and then we found out after they were hired.”
3 The most common CV lies Job seekers tell:
1. Training decorations. Samuels has found that people try to complete more of one or two courses they took than they should. “We have someone who put Cornell School of Hotel Management on their resume because they only took one class online,” he says. “[The candidate] did not graduate from there or did not even attend in person.” Better Efforts: Instead of drowning out your academic credentials, think about what you can add to your resume to show off your education. Other professional developments, awards or differences and additional courses may be relevant, Isaacs says.
2. Date cheating. Another common scam is to cover employment gaps “by stretching dates to one or two jobs over a period of time or by creating a temporary job,” Isaacs says. Better Efforts: Sometimes it’s a good strategy to prevent worries that an employer might have about gaps in your resume, Isaacs says. If you took the time to start a family, take care of a loved one, return to school, or do an independent project, explain the circumstances in the cover letter and remember to emphasize how committed you are to finding a job you can grow with.
3) Skill section. Many job seekers offer a laundry list of technical skills, but just because you used the program a few times, you don’t make yourself an expert. The same is true if you claim to master the language just because you took it for a year in high school.