More people lying on resumes

Posted at 8:32 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 11:32:59-04

According to a recent study, falsified resumes are popping up more and more: people exaggerating skills or they’re just lying.

It may be about things like how long someone worked at a job, giving a title they’ve never had or saying they have a skill that they don't.

The study found 85 percent of employers surveyed say they caught potential employees exaggerating.
That was up 66 percent from five years ago.

Mallory Hood from VincentBenjamin Recruiting says lying or exaggerating is just not worth the risk.

She says," if you are really wanting a specific role but it doesn't require education yet you've lied on your resume and it says you have that education, even if it's not required for the role and they find out that you're lying they're going to automatically disqualify you.”

Here’s how to stand out and be honest:

  • Find a way to build up skills you do have.
  • Think of examples and show your initiative.
  • If there's a specific skill you do need for a job, take a class or go online for a class. This will show you're still up to learning something new.
  • A good cover letter could help you get noticed too.