Young People More Likely than Others to Exaggerate on Resumes


A Guest Post by William Frierson, a staff writer for From time to time, we’re publishing guest posts via Recruiting Blogswap. The goal of submitting your resume is to secure a job interview. If you are granted one, it’s because something about your resume spoke to an employer. The expectation is that your resume should be completely honest, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. According to a recent article, some job-seekers don’t mind “enhancing” their resumes in an attempt to get interviews. So, which group of job seekers tends to exaggerate their resumes the most? That would be young people. In one firm’s poll, 45 percent of 18 to 34 year olds believe it’s okay to engage in this practice. Some older applicants also have considered the idea. Why are younger applicants more likely to be dishonest on their resumes? One thought is that they don’t possess the work experience or the network that other candidates may have, giving them a disadvantage in their job search(es). For some, it could be impatience, not wanting to put forth the time and effort necessary to find a job. By the way, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can get away with anything on your resume. Companies can and will find out if it is accurate. They are especially watching the dates of employment, job titles and responsibilities, accomplishments, and education listed on your resume. There is never a good reason to lie on your resume. While you might really need a job, it’s not worth hurting your reputation. Have faith in the “real” you, and the right opportunity will come along. Information provided by Anne Fisher. -Source-

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