7 Things You Must Never Lie about in Your Resume


I’m sure that everyone is dreaming of getting a wonderful job, and sometimes in order to achieve it you add a couple of little and evidently innocent lies to your resume. While it can be okay, you should really think over your decision again because the lies in your resume are very easy to reveal. Most of companies can check your professional background and sometimes this might cost you your job. And now I offer you to read about the things you should never lie about in your resume:

1. Computer skills

If the position you’ve applied for don’t require any advanced computer skills, never lie in your resume about having knowledge of some computer software you haven’t ever used. You can’t predict when you’ll have to show to your employer that you can easily work with that computer program you really know nothing about. I am sure you wouldn’t want to become unemployed because of that.

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2. Education

Be sure that the information regarding your education is always 100% correct because such kinds of lies are very easy to check, because most of institutions internationally provide this information to many recruiters as public records. You all definitely know the case of Scott Thompson, who once was a Yahoo executive but had to resign because evidently he never got a computer science degree from Stonehill College as he mentioned in his resume. In my opinion, it’s better to evade such lies in your resume since they could hurt your career later.

3. Knowledge of some foreign language

Some people like to put this kind of lie in their resume for impressing the employer. Lots of them will even write some foreign exotic language since they believe it won’t be necessary to use it, so their lie will never be revealed. In case you’ve written in your resume that you fluently write or talk in Mandarin, be sure you do have Mandarin skills, since you can’t predict when you’ll have to demonstrate this to your employer by talking with some potential client.

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4. Numbers

It’s true that many people like to gloss over their professional achievements by appending a few numbers in their resume that aren’t actually correct. It’s better to evade using qualitative terms concerning your work performance since this information can also be easily checked. You could just mention that you achieved excellent sales results at your previous work place. You should realize that you are responsible for all the numbers you write in your resume and they should always be true.

5. Positions in your work history

Such kind of lie companies can check the most quickly since this information is actually a public record, that’s why most of companies will easily give details about your previous position to whoever asks about it. Never try to make an impression on your possible employer with false job titles since you might get that dream job and I’m convinced you wouldn’t want to lose it (even if you are good at it), because you haven’t been completely honest in your resume.

6. Half-truth

You all probably know that famous saying, “a half-truth is really a lie.” Furthermore, telling your possible employer only half-truths about your work experience or about your previous job, or lying by omission will destroy your career as well. I should also say that it may even cost you your dream job one day. I think you wouldn’t want risk so much, that’s why try to be fully honest and be sure that all the information in your resume is 100% correct.

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7. Lies about your ex-employer

Never lie in your resume about your previous employer and also about your work experience, if you believe your chances are too low to get your dream job by being honest. It doesn’t mean that the experience you’ve got working there won’t be enough for you to get a better job, even if you haven’t worked at some prestigious company. A lot of people need to start from the bottom in order to succeed, that’s why be one of them and do not lie!

If you are thinking sometimes that a fancy job title, a prestigious former employer or knowledge of some exotic foreign language might help you to get your dream job, they couldn’t help your career if they are not really true. Have you ever written such kinds of lies in your resume? If you have, did your employer discovered it? Are there any other lies in the resume you consider might cost you your job? You are always welcome to share your thoughts with us in the comments section!