The 7 Most Common Resume Lies recently released alarming data surrounding the percentages of those lying on their resumes, as well as the likelihood they will be caught.

According to the report:

The Most Common Resume Lies:

  • Embellished Skill Set
  • Embellished Responsibilities
  • Dates of Employment
  • Job Title
  • Academic Degree
  • Companies Worked for
  • Accolades/Awards

According to the report, some industries are more likely than others to catch fibs on a resume. This is due largely in part to the tech-savviness of some markets over others.

The Industries Most Likely to Catch Lies on Resumes:

  • Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Retail

According to the survey, over half (51%) of employers said they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on their resume. As much as 40% of employers said it would depend on what type of lie. As much as 70% of college graduates said they would lie on a resume to get the job they want. It’s estimated that resume fraud costs employers as much as $600 billion annually nationally.

For more statistics surrounding lying and qualifications, see ‘Beware the Pinnochio Profile‘ by CEO Steve Lowisz.

September 11, 2015

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