Whenever I write about lying on your resume, I get a variety of responses, both for and against lying to get a job:
- Lying on resumes, regardless of your status, just does not cut it!
- If there is a lie you can get away with then do it.
- People who get ahead are the ones who take some educated risks.
- Just tell me how to do it, if I so choose.
- If you think you can get away with it and you are willing to take the risk then you have made your call.
- Let's be real, if a CEO can get away with being hired and working for years with lying on resume so should any of us.
- Lying on a resume is just plain dumb. The trend seems to be to check an applicant's references out more and more, unless you are a burger flipper.
I don't think anyone should lie on their resume - and despite the requests I get, I'm not going to teach anyone how to lie on their resume and get away with it. Despite the fact that lying is just plain wrong, there is a good possibility your lies will come back to haunt you. Is it worth taking the chance of not getting a job or getting fired later on?
Here's an example. I received an email a while ago from someone who had just received a job offer from a company where he had always wanted to work. It was the job of his dreams. He didn't think about reference checking though and had fudged the dates of his last couple of jobs to cover a resume gap.
He was in absolutely panic and trying to come up with a story to cover the "mistake" on his resume. He decided to be honest with the hiring manager, and was lucky that he kept his job offer, but that's not always how it works out.