What constitutes lying on your Resume?
- Altering employment dates
- Exaggerating job titles and tasks
- Omitting information (such as if you were fired from a previous position)
- Providing false information (fake references, job history, academic credits, certification, etc.)
- The length of time an employee has spent at a company
- The employee’s academic achievements
- The employee’s job skills
You can be fined
Fraud is the criminal use of misrepresentation or deceit to get something of value. In this case, it is employment.
You can be sued
You can go to jail
What you can do instead of lying on your Resume
- Craft a strong Cover Letter to give potential employers a positive first impression. Use the opportunity to discuss why you’re a good fit for the company, your career goals, and how your values align with the company.
- Tailor your Resume to fit the job you’re applying for by focusing on your education and past work experience.
- Highlight your top skills and accomplishments without embellishment. You have the skills, so relay them with enthusiasm and honesty.
- List volunteer and mentorship experience under its own category. This counts as valuable career experience though it is not technically “work experience.”
- Indicate any extracurricular activities or classes that you took that are relevant to the job you are applying for. This will show your willingness to learn and grow within your career.