What if we told you that 85 percent of job seekers have lied on their resume? Well, unfortunately, it’s a fact according to HireRight. Even more, in a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, they found that 75 percent of hiring managers responded that they have discovered lies and exaggerations on job seeker resumes. With a job on the line, it begs the question ‘why do so many people feel the need to lie on their resume?’ It could be that the job seeker doesn’t have needed skills, certifications or job experience. Lying on a resume is a serious offense, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you land a job and avoid the resume exaggerations, and land a job offer.
Take A Course
It’s time to go back to school! There’s no need to lie on your resume if you can easily learn it. In the digital age, you can learn almost anything on the Internet with sites like Skillshare, Udemy, and Coursera! In addition, you may find useful and free resources at your local recreation center or library. With these resources at your fingertips, there’s no reason to lie on your resume. For more advanced skills or qualifications, you should consider taking college courses.
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Emphasize Transferable Skills
Chances are that you don’t have every skill that a hiring manager lists on a job board or you haven’t used that skill in the capacity that this new job requires. No worries! It’s okay because you have transferable skills that make you valuable! For example, working as a sales clerk may not qualify you for a staff manager position; however, you can make the argument that through your experience you’ve acquired the required communication and management skills. There are limitations to transferable skills. Will it get you a job as a top financial advisor if you’ve only managed a fast-food cash register? Probably not, but it will get your foot in the door to one day make it to the top.
Be Up Front
Honesty is always the best policy. In this case, faking it until you make is not ideal when you’re building the foundation of a professional relationship. Instead, be honest with a hiring manager that way they won’t find any inaccuracies during your background check. You may realize that a hiring manager will take into consideration your past job experiences or offer a different position that better suits your skill set.
If you’re still thinking about lying on a resume, consider this: small lies don’t stay small or secret forever. In addition, lying on a resume won’t magically appear if you get a job based on false pretenses. Sooner or later, the truth will come out. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t let your first impression with a hiring manager be based on a lie.