It’s a competitive job market out there, and it comes as no surprise that resumes sent from job applicants may at times be slightly embellished or exaggerated. This may include listing certain skills you don’t have or listing past experiences that may not have occurred. Although it’s easy for an employer to miss them amid the massive pile of resumes in a database, there are more managers who actually catch these lies and end up dismissing the prospective candidate because of it. Careerbuilder conducted a survey that resulted in 57% of hiring managers finding a lie on a candidate’s application, while 93% of managers who caught an applicant lying on his/her resume did not hire that person. An article from The Christian Science Monitor states that many employers do actually investigate whether or not an applicant received a bachelor’s or master’s degree. If there is faulty information in a resume, the article says that managers should give applicants the opportunity to respond to any discrepancies. The main advice given to job seekers was to be honest because lying can come back to haunt you.
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