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Is lying on a resume such a big deal?

In the recent past the incidents in which employees have been caught to have lied about their credentials have been on the rise. What is surprising most recruiters is that, the number of people who are lying on their resumes is increasing at a super fast speed.

Approximately 38% of all work applicants lie blatantly on their resumes one way or the other. There have even been reports that some famous people lied on their resumes; either for the colleges they never attended awards they never received or for job descriptions they never held.

And whereas it’s the intention to bash these people, there are some realities we have to operate with as we pass judgment. The number of the unemployed people, more than ever before, is at its highest now. As such, most job seekers have had to device ways that will at least boost their chances of landing a job.

In most cases, people will boost their skills to be in line with the requirements stated for the job, just to try their luck at this. For some workers, with the super technology that is being applied today, hacking university graduation lists with names is no longer for the movies alone-it’s real.

For the employers, the challenges this reality places on them are very high. First among this is the fact that, the work place is getting filled by people who are not qualified to do a specific job. As such, this is filling the work place with so many talentless individuals at the expense of those who would otherwise, rightfully be in those positions. The other challenge this rising phenomenon has on the employers is the extra expense they have to incur when they are researching or doing background checks on potential and current employees and so forth.

But someone might ask, what are the implications of lying on your resume? Or rather what is the implication of skewing your qualifications to favor you for a position? On the positive-negative note there have been a number of people who have successfully maneuvered the corporate ladder with falsified degrees. Some of them have even gone ahead to change the fortunes of the companies they lead, even where educated folk couldn’t or failed. Some of these individuals have also been seen as leaders in some states and even retired safely without eve being discovered.

Therefore, what’s the danger? You may ask. Well, there are some jobs you just can’t lie about on your resume as having experience-like the operation of factory machinery. You must have the real work experience to be able to work there-yes you might get a job and have no idea on how to do it. Companies are also automating systems nowadays and if you lie about your qualifications, it’s just a matter of time before systems will catch up with you. The first thing you lose in such a case is integrity, respect among peers and you will definitely get a bad recommendation. This will make your situation worse. In short avoid lying on your resume as much as you can.

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Resume Help, Resume Advice. Learn
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and avoid these biggest resume mistakes