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1 in 5 know a résumé fibber

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Expect to be drilled a bit more than usual during interviews about your experience and skills.

“Unfortunately, employers can’t always take everything on a résumé at face value,” says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.

A recent survey by OfficeTeam reveals that one in five em­­ployees knows someone who has lied on his or her résumé.

How are they stretching the truth? The type of information employees are most often misrepresenting or exaggerating about are:

Job duties    58%

Education    34%

Employment dates    24%

Job experience    9%

Other    7%

Best advice: When crafting a résumé, avoid ambiguous de­­scriptions of skills (such as, “familiar with” or “involved in”). Be specific, so no one suspects that you’re trying to hide a lack of experience.

Source: OfficeTeam

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