Lying on resumes?
A recent study found that over 90% of the participants lied at least a little on their resumes.
Lying on Resumes
In looking at the lies, the researchers found they grouped neatly into four categories:
1. Job responsibilities — what the participants did.
2. Abilities — how well they performed their jobs.
3. Involvement — level and amount of time spent.
Lying on Your LinkedIn Profile
The researchers also looked at what people lie about on their LinkedIn profiles.
They found the same four topics.
However, they found people lie more on LinkedIn about information that’s hard to verify — like interests.
People lie less about information that’s easy to verify — like responsibilities.
How to Stop Lying on Your Resume & LinkedIn Profile
In my experience, lies seep into resumes and LinkedIn profiles via adjectives and adverbs.
Look at the following examples of how a job seeker might represent his/her ability and involvement with C-level executives:
Quickly and successfully built C-level relationships across functional areas.
The words “quickly” and “successfully” reflect opinion. They might be right. They be might lies. Who knows?
When a sophisticated reader sees adjectives and adverbs on a resume, they wonder, “Is this person lying?”
Served on IT Steering Committee with COO, CIO, and CFO.
Pure, heavy-hitting fact. Facts generate more credibility than opinions.
Eliminate Adjectives & Adverbs
Read through your resume.
Highlight the adjectives and adverbs. Rewrite to eliminate them.
Other people get to describe you with adjectives and adverbs. You’ll benefit from sticking to facts.
If you need inspiration, look at the executive resumes here.
A Second Way to Make Your Resume Believable
The researchers found that people lied more on their resumes than they did on their LinkedIn profiles.
If you want to make your resume believable, give it daylight. Copy and paste it into your public LinkedIn profile.
Submit your resume to public scrutiny and the eyes of former colleagues — show you have nothing to hide.
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Updated October 2018
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