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The End of Resume Lies


Every now and then, someone will ask me the age-old question: “Is it OK to lie on my resume?”

I’ve always said no – I never think lying is a good idea because (a) it’s wrong (b) you might get found out, and (c) you might not get found out, get the job, and then not be able to do it!

So lying on your resume has always been a bad idea, and every now and then we would hear about some senior executive who got fired after his or her lies were discovered, but most people who lied probably got away with it. After all, most employers are terrible about checking the references you provide, let alone digging any deeper.

But the advent of social media and Google and all the other stuff that has changed all our lives, means it’s now more than a bad idea to lie on your resume – it’s just plain stupid.

Employers can google your name and find the truth about you more easily than they ever could, but that’s no longer the end of it. Your co-workers can now find out all about you. Your company’s customers can find out all about you. Managers in other departments can find out all about you – and they don’t even have to be looking for the information!

Consider this case from Switzerland where a colleague stumbled across an employee’s Facebook activities and it ultimately cost her her job.

Now think of all the information that’s out there about you on sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn … if you lie on your resume, anyone can find out about it. No longer does being found out depend upon a diligent researcher in the HR department – it can be the guy who sits across from you and happens to follow you on Twitter, or the co-worker who’s friends with one of your friends on Facebook, or the customer who looks you up before a meeting.

Bottom line, social media has put an end to lying when you represent yourself to others – or at least doing it effectively for any length of time. And that means every word of your resume needs to be honest.

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Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

One comment on “The End of Resume Lies”

  1. QuestingElf says:

    I try my best to avoid being taken in by candidates who lie by making the job the centerpiece of evaluating both their written and oral materials. Of course, that means I myself have to know what doing the job means.

    I’ve also learned that lying can occur 2 ways. Most people think only an active lie is a lie, to lie by commission. Not divulging other things, however, feels a lot more easier to some which is to lie by omission.

    I think lying increases when trust decreases. It’s also why as a manager, I have the added challenge of dealing with all those other managers who lied to them before about a job that was better than it was (commission.) Or as is more common, they didn’t spill all the minefields before extending the offer (omission.)

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