By: Don Oehlert
It’s just a “little tiny lie…” “I’ll never get caught…” “They’ll never find out about this…” “I can get away with this one little thing on my resume, right?”
Except you can’t.
The internet is a very scary place. If you think that you have any privacy any more, you’re dreaming.
Anything in the public record (ie: anything in the legal space – your house sale, any proceedings that include law enforcement, possibly even your credit score in some places) is open to anyone with a couple of bucks that wants to find out about you before they hire you. If you are going for an executive position, then they spend even more money researching you – they really want to know who they are getting.
Check with your state’s department of Labor for more information on the topic.
Here’s the deal. Who doesn’t want to know whether you were fired for cheating on your expenses? Who doesn’t want to know that you were fired because you treat customers shabbily? Who doesn’t want to know whether you were fired because you’re not really a rock-star salesperson? Who doesn’t want to know whether you’ve been… well… lying about some facet of your career for several years now?
Worse than that, when they find out (as they inevitably will), you’re fired.
Guess what: 92% of all employers will perform a background check. So, if you told a “little tiny lie” about how long you worked somewhere, or a little tiny lie about how well you performed while you were there, it will come back to bite you.
The above figures come from the Society for Human Rights Management (SHRM). They are highly credible in their research, by the way.
Further, a study by Accountemps shows that 34% of all candidates are dropped from consideration after their references are checked. In case you’re counting, that’s 1 out of 3 that are dropped from consideration. Look around the room – if you see 2 other people, one of them (if not you) is that person.
A survey conducted by ResumeLab showed that 93% of the respondents to the survey know someone that told a lie on their resume.
Ninety-three percent (93%) know people that have lied.
Not surprisingly, 65% of those caught lying were either fired immediately, or were not hired in the first place, according to ResumeLab. Dr. Obvious here, but that’s two out of three.
There is positive news here
In a nutshell, if your resume is filled with all truthful statements, you will have beaten out a bunch of your competition.
At least a third of them.
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