Why You Shouldn’t Lie on a Resume

With such a competitive employment market, there are more people than ever vying for the job positions that are available. This can lead people to look at positions and industries that they are not always qualified for. If you see a job opening that asks for a particular skill set, what is the best approach? You don’t want to dismiss the opportunity by not trying. However, you know that you don’t have the credentials that the application is asking for. Some people might fib on their resume to get in the door; however, there are plenty of reason why you shouldn’t lie on a resume.

It Reflects on Your Character

Simply put, it’s hard to keep a lie under cover for very long. Even if the impressive nature of your fabrication really does get you in the door for an interview, when the truth comes out, you will probably be right back out that door. If you are willing to lie about something that really doesn’t matter much, the manager or owner may begin to question how far that dishonest streak will spread. It is too risky to hire someone who may take advantage of privileges and positions of responsibility. Frankly, lying leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths and it makes you look bad.

What if You Can Learn?

Of course, it’s not hard to see that many job skills and requirements are probably easy to learn, especially by an applicant that is motivated and intelligent. It’s best to just come right out and admit that you don’t really have all the specifications that were asked for. This reflects a higher character. It also gives you a chance to really sell yourself, explaining why you are best for the position, despite the fact that you are currently under qualified. Many people hire based upon personal impressions and potetial qualities. Seeing that you have the drive to really succeed will make a much better impression than any made-up list of skills.

They Check References

Employers check references; it’s their job. Even if you claim to have experience or education and make it through an initial meeting, they will be verifying everything that they can before the next round of interviews. Because of the sheer amount of applicants for each opening, any glitch will result in throwing you out of the running. Managers are looking for anything to narrow down the extensive list to the main players. If you lie on your resume, it’s not hard to figure out, and you’ll be passed up for the job.

Hampering Your Ability to Do the Job

What happens if you do lie on your resume, don’t get caught during the interview process and actually land the job? In this instance, you are not only compromising your integrity even further by constantly covering up the fib- you are also affecting your ability to get the job done correctly. Your employer will expect you to perform at the level in which you professed proficiency. There will be no wiggle room for making mistakes, as any hiccup can quickly blow your cover. This is stressful for yourself, and can cause serious mistakes to be made, sometimes affecting safety, legal matters and customer service.

There are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t lie when it comes to resume writing. Frankly, it’s best if you let your own talents and abilities speak for themselves, without embellishment. While you may be able to maintain the charade for a time, it will probably come out at some point. Even if that doesn’t happen, you have to live with yourself at the end of the day and honesty is still the best policy.


Gail Esparan