Last time I wrote about lying on your resume, I got a variety of responses, both for and against lying to get a job:
- People who get ahead are the ones who take some educated risks.
- 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.
- Lying on resumes, regardless of your status, just does not cut it!
I don't think anyone should lie on their resume - even white lies that "only" stretch the truth. There is a good possibility that it 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 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.