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The Risk Of Lying On A Resume

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feldman_amy Amy Feldman
Amy E. Feldman is a business commentator and legal business...
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By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - What’s the difference between a lie and an exaggeration on your resume?

HR management firm ADP just released a survey that found that 46% of all job applicants commit resume fraud when looking for a job.

The top ten resume lies include falsifying educational credentials, misrepresenting military records, and providing fake references. But the list, compiled by Marquet International, also included things like making up false reasons for leaving a former employer and inflating past accomplishments – which sounds kind of like, what you’re supposed to do on a resume.

It can be a fine line between puffing and lying, but this is what you need to know:

Ninety-six percent of employers conduct background checks, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. So if you’re putting a credential on your resume which you know to be false, you will likely be caught.

Instead, find someone at the company to which you’re applying who can vouch for you to walk your resume into the hiring manager, rather than making up a credential that can get you walked out the door.

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