Here's the truth about lying on résumés

Cover credit: Entrepreneur

Cover credit: Entrepreneur

After graduating from college comes the time to apply for a job. While some fortunate students get the opportunity to work during their college years, others are not as lucky.

Applying for a job is difficult at first, especially when trying to fit into all the requirements employers demand. These difficulties are sometimes so stressful that people start thinking about lying and including false information on their résumés or curricula vitae (CV).

Sometimes, companies and workplaces tend to have unrealistic requirements, like needing young workers with high levels of experience. So it makes sense that the part people lie about the most is their former job experiences, mentioned with false references.

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Lying on résumés can only be beneficial in the short term. Once an applicant reaches the interview stage, having to remember and maintain the lies will only lead to more stress, worry and damage.

Lies also mislead the interviewer and give them the wrong impression. If accepted, applicants then would have to represent an image they may not be able to uphold.

It is important to stay true to oneself and be authentic when applying for a job. If a person does not fit the requirements of a position, they most probably need to apply for another one where they actually stand a chance of getting accepted without lying.

Lying on résumés is more than just altering or adding bits of information to look better. It generates serious damage and leads to roads one does not want to take.