A site called backgroundchecks.org has created an infographic that vividly shows the numerous ways that everyone from entry level workers to senior executives lie, exaggerate, or embellish their resumes–potentially endangering their current job or even their careers. It’s well worth a look.
For an unknown reason, the graphic displays either too large or too small when included below, so I have provided a link that will take you to the original.
The Lies We Tell on Resumes
The consequences can be dire: 51% of employers indicated that they would dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on their executive resume. I have written on this topic before, but think it is well worth revisiting. Remember always that it is legitimate to effectively communicate your capabilities and achievements on your executive resume, but is is definitely not OK to lie!