Little White Lies on Your Resume Can Cause Big Problems
“Honesty is the best policy . . . a lie stands on one leg, truth on two.” Ben Franklin Honesty on your resume inspires a connection with potential employers, keeps you out of trouble, builds courage, and best of all is incredibly freeing. When you are honest on your resume, authenticity automatically shines through.
On the other hand, lying to nail that dream job can lead to major consequences – especially in a world where hiring managers and HR firms can check and cross-check every piece of information you put in front of them.
Here are just some of the reasons you should avoid embellishing on your résumé:
1. You’re going to get caught: You should avoid lying all together for the simple reason that someone will likely find you out. The Internet provides access to so much information, including career databases, social media sites, and more—all loaded with information that can verify or discredit your story. Most employers will toss you out of the candidate pool the minute they sense you were not 100% truthful, so it’s simply not worth the risk.
2. You can ruin your reputation: For many employers, lying on a resume serves as grounds for dismissal. This would impact not only your current employment, but it would ruin your reputation within your professional network and eliminate any chance they will recommend you for a new position.
3. The snowball effect: Lies have a way of running away from you—what began as a little white lie can grow into something much bigger. Pretty soon you can’t remember what you said.
4. Lying isn’t necessary: In today’s competitive job market, there’s a better way than lying to stand out from the crowd of applicants. Hiring managers often look for someone who has transferable skills, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to take on new challenges. Honesty will go a long way in opening doors and
winning the trust of your new employer.
Do not fall into the trap of believing these little white lies won’t come back to haunt you. Taking an honest, forthright approach to the application process will ultimately keep you from constantly looking over your shoulder, wondering if someone will ever find out
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