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Why people lie on their résumés

Why people lie on their résumés

  • The market has become more competitive. Applicants that have been unemployed for an extended period may think they don’t have a chance.
  • The ATS looks for specific words from each job seeker, and if applicants don’t have those words in their job history, they make them up to try and beat the bot at its own game.
  • Many candidates feel the job search process has become so impersonal that they lack any connection with the employer.
  • When career consultants and résumé writers are hired to create a killer résumé, the authentic voice of the applicant and incentive to tell the truth disappears.


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How cheating can be discovered

According to the ResumeLab study, only 21% of people who lied on a résumé actually lose out on a job. But if a candidate is caught, the ATS identifies that person as a "do not hire".

How cheating can be discovered:

  • Recruiters can read the “hidden” white fonts on ...


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The majority of job seekers twist the truth on their résumés

The majority of job seekers twist the truth on their résumés

A 2020 Resume Lab study found that 56% of job seekers twist some details on their résumés. 36% of those surveyed said they lied outright, while others said they stretched the truth.

Hiring managers and job seekers should know what constitutes a lie, why people fudge the truth and the conseq...


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Common ways job applicants "enhance" their résumés

The most common lies are in work experience, for example, taking full credit for a project or overstating sales figures. Others claim skills they don't possess, such as language proficiency, or misrepresent job responsibilities.

Another form is using white font keywords in the blank areas o...


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Most companies rely on ATS

  • With newer platforms, applicants have the option of using their LinkedIn profile instead of a CV. But they may still encounter customised questions that will require a significant investment of time.
  • LinkedIn's Easy Apply button on job listings allows candidates to submit their pro...

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