Lying on your resume could be a fatal decision

10 Oct, 2012


Getting a job nowadays could result a head pain. There is a moment that you are not working at any company, and then you decide to find a job as soon as possible. You get up early in the morning with the expectation of being hired in a good job position. You buy a newspaper of your preference. Then, you go quickly to your house and prepare a coffee. When you open the newspaper, you realized that there are some jobs that you are interested in and you proceed to enclose them on circles; in that way, wanted or not, this adventure began. In addition, you start looking for jobs on the Internet in order to expand the search.

Lying on your resume could be a fatal decision

Then, you decide to send your curriculum for the job positions that you want to apply for. But, you are probably thinking in changing some data of your curriculum, because this is the moment when you want to impress people in order to make them to put interest in your abilities. However, lying on your resume could be a fatal decision for your career.

Certainly, you will not be the unique person that exaggerate or change the real information on curriculums like others. In fact, only you have to take the decision if youwant to lie or just be yourself in your resume such as Steve Blank. He had to face the true about his education during an interview with Ben Wegbreit (VP of Sales and Marketing of Convergent Technologies).

In other cases, lying on your resume could be a fatal decision because it could damage your reputation such as Scott Thompson who was a Yahoo CEO. Thompson was fired from his job when the company realizes that his resume information wasn’t true. He put false information in the sector of education saying that he had earned a degree in two careers computer science and accounting and . However, he just had earned a degree in accounting. So, if the person is discovered, he or she looses the credibility, respect and trust.

Moreover, there are other people who support lying on a resume. They think that it is better to lie in a resume instead of losing a job. For the Society of Human Resource Managers the percentage of lying for a resume is increasing to 55%, college students who will lie in order to get a job is up to 70%. The tendency increases according to the amount of the salary. So, people would lie on their resume if the salary is really good.

By Xavier Colomain, Resume Consultant and Blog Contributor. Sharing expertise and providing Career Coaching since 1997. Owner of