Most would agree that any form of lying on a resume is something that no job seeker should ever do. Applicants shouldn’t lie about their education or work history. They shouldn’t exaggerate their skills, list false accreditations and awards or supply references from biased family or friends who are willing to lie for them. Yet so many job seekers believe that the only way that they can compete in the job market is by padding their resumes. They believe incorrectly that they either won’t be caught or that their lies are harmless.
If you are tempted to pad your resume for these reasons, keep these in mind:
Modern employers typically perform a range of pre-employment background checks on potential hires. The internet makes it easier than ever for an employer to confirm details on your resume. Employers don’t need to spend a lot of money to dig up the truth. A simple search engine keyword search using your name and your resume details can help them find out most of what they need to confirm whether you’re being honest with them.
If you’re caught lying after you’ve been hired, most employers will fire you because you’ve proven yourself to be highly untrustworthy. After all, if you can lie on a resume and then continue to lie about your past during an interview and day in and day out at work, you will likely lie in other scenarios. They can never trust you to always tell the truth when, for example, dealing with customers, handling money, or testifying about a work-related accident, error or other matter.
You can also destroy your chances of being hired in your preferred field ever again. A hiring manager or an employer might decide to tell other industry leaders and business partners about your lies. Several organizations exist that also help employers determine if an applicant was ever reported for lying on their resume. Once your resume padding past becomes exposed either within your industry or to the general public, you might even have difficulty acquiring a job making minimum wage.
One of the most important reasons that you should never lie on a resume is because your lies might result in professional errors that cost your employer money or damage their brand. More importantly, your lies might harm a co-worker or customer/client. For example, if a construction worker lies about their experience with a specific piece of equipment, they might injure or kill someone when they mishandle it on the job.
Lastly, someone might sue you for financial or other reasons. For example, an employer might sue because of monetary losses related to their investment in you, such as costs related to on-site training or college tuition reimbursement. They might also sue because damage to their reputation resulted in lost revenues and extra public relations and marketing costs. If your lack of experience results in an injury or death, you might face at least a personal injury lawsuit and possibly criminal charges that lead to incarceration.
You don’t need to pad your resume to stand out as a job applicant. Take off your magic gloves and be up front with the amazing person that you are.