Should You Lie on Your Resume?

You read the wanted ad and the job seems perfect for you. You seem perfect for it too. You’ve got all the qualifications they’re asking for. Oh wait. What does that say? They want someone who has experience with that. “Well, I can do that,” you think to yourself. “I just haven’t done it before. But, I’m sure I can learn.”

Most of us have had thoughts like this float through our minds. However, each of us may choose a different course of action. Let’s take a examples:

Job Searcher #A says: “O.K., so I don’t have the experience they’re asking for. I can just make something up. After all the last company I worked for isn’t in business anymore. This new one will never find out what I did or didn’t do there.” Job Searcher #A is just a few keystrokes away from adding fictional responsibilities to his or her resume.

Lying is never a good idea. You may feel it’s not morally wrong to lie, and perhaps a little white lie isn’t that bad. However, calling in sickis a little different than making believe you’re someone you’re not. Lies have a way of snowballing. It’s kind of like eating potato chips — you can’t stop with just one.

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