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Shocking: People lie on their resumes...

We've been interviewing candidates for a position and were discussing some possible discrepancies in their resumes/job histories, so perhaps I was just attuned to seeing this, but some of these broke me up. I particularly liked examples 7 and 8. (The biggest surprise to me was that the least lies on resumes showed up in government...)

For those of you looking for work, there are some examples of good things to do as part of your job search.



True and Outrageous Résumé Lies
By Rosemary Haefner, senior career adviser for CareerBuilder.com


Résumés are a critical part of any job search. They are the most effective marketing tool any of us have about who we are and what we can do. And all of us want our résumé to be the best possible representation of our work.

But some workers turn their résumés into a work of fiction instead of a representation of fact. A CareerBuilder.com survey of hiring managers and workers looked at the tall tales and bold lies job seekers have used on their résumés. Here are the most outrageous whoppers as told by hiring managers:

1. Candidate claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family

2. Applicant invented a school that did not exist

3. Job seeker submitted a résumé with someone else's photo inserted into the document

4. Candidate claimed to be a member of Mensa

5. Applicant claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had

6. Job seeker claimed to be the CEO of a company when he was an hourly employee

7. Candidate listed military experience dating back to before he was born

8. Job seeker included samples of work, which were actually those of the interviewer

9. Candidate claimed to have been a professional baseball player

Modifying your résumé is a lot like airbrushing a photo, and many of us may have made minor tweaks to our résumés. You may have revised a job title that sounded uninspiring or omitted a hellish work experience from your list.

But there's a line between bending the truth and outright deception. According to the CareerBuilder.com survey, these were the most common falsehoods used on a résumé:

· 38 percent of those surveyed indicated they had embellished their job responsibilities

· 18 percent admitted to lying about their skill set

· 12 percent indicated they had been dishonest about their start and end dates of employment

· 10 percent confessed to lying about an academic degree

· 7 percent said they had lied about the companies they had worked for

· 5 percent disclosed that they had been untruthful about their job title

Do these lies work? In most cases, no. Most companies disqualified candidates after discovering their dishonesty. Thirty-six percent still considered the candidate, but ultimately passed on hiring him. Six percent of hiring managers overlooked the "flawed résumé" and hired the applicant anyway.

The survey also found some industries seemed to be more likely to have incidences of résumé fabrication. The industry reporting the most deceit was hospitality, with 60 percent of employers reporting they found lies on résumés. Transportation/utilities and information technology followed close behind with 59 percent and 57 percent of hiring managers, respectively. The industry with the fewest liars: government at 45 percent.

How do you make a résumé stand out without resorting to dishonesty? What can you do to get attention for the right reasons? Here are some recommendations.

Be the first in line. One-in-five employers said they are receiving more résumés this year than last year. A good way to break out from the crowd is to be the first one in line. Sign up for e-mail alerts and perform daily searches for jobs in a specific field or industry.

Use keywords. Many hiring managers and HR departments are using new technology to review job candidates. Applicant tracking systems scan résumés and provide the managers with a ranking based on keywords in the document.

Among the terms employers searched for most often: "problem-solving and decision making skills," "oral and written communication," "customer service," "retention," "performance" and "productivity improvement," "leadership," "technology," "team-building," "project management" and "bilingual."

Stand out. Many of the hiring managers (43 percent) said that they spend a minute or less looking at résumés. Think of your résumé as a written audition. You have a limited window of opportunity to have the attention of the hiring manager, so make the most of it. Focus on specific accomplishments and tangible, positive results that you achieved at previous jobs.

Be honest. If you have a gap in employment periods, explain why. Mention any volunteer work you did or classes you took at these times to show that your skill set is still current and highlight what you have accomplished. People often forget to include volunteer work, part-time jobs and freelance work in a résumé, even though that work is often relevant to your career path. If you did not complete a degree, do not claim that you did; college and university attendance is easy to verify. List graduation date, the time frame you attended any institutions and your major.

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One thing I see, even on senior position applications, which almost makes me bin the application on the spot - is when people list their hobbies FFS....

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One thing I see, even on senior position applications, which almost makes me bin the application on the spot - is when people list their hobbies FFS....

So wreck diving as a hobby doesn't help qualify you for a Navy diving position?
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So wreck diving as a hobby doesn't help qualify you for a Navy diving position?
No, your diving qualifications qualify you for a diving position - you do it for a hobby, great, but I don't give a rats what your hobbies are, I want to know your skills, qualifications and experience for the JOB - not whether or not you collect stamps or enjoy line dancing and needlepoint....(all three of which I have seen on resumes from people applying for senior positions)

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No, your diving qualifications qualify you for a diving position - you do it for a hobby, great, but I don't give a rats what your hobbies are, I want to know your skills, qualifications and experience for the JOB - not whether or not you collect stamps or enjoy line dancing and needlepoint....(all three of which I have seen on resumes from people applying for senior positions)
Oh, well putting irrelevant hobbies on a resume is just stupid.
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OK this just a university application, to a very good uni, which was very over-suscribed
Girl ( a school friend of my wifes) got an interview, & she was possibly/probably at the lower end of the ranking
& Got an offer
Why?
Because she and the senior interviewer discussed the finer points of Canary breeding, listed as her hobby.
She had however told no lies nor embellished neither
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Perhaps I'm just a hard bastard?!?

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No, your diving qualifications qualify you for a diving position - you do it for a hobby, great, but I don't give a rats what your hobbies are, I want to know your skills, qualifications and experience for the JOB - not whether or not you collect stamps or enjoy line dancing and needlepoint....(all three of which I have seen on resumes from people applying for senior positions)
Dood, you promised never to disclose the details of my resume...

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