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Résumé lies are on the rise

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What’s the truth about lying on résumés? Almost half of workers (46%) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they know someone who included false information on a résumé, a 25-point jump from a 2011 survey.

Fifty-three percent of senior managers suspect candidates often stretch the truth on résumés, and 38% said their company had dropped an applicant from consideration for a position after discovering he or she lied.

The research revealed demographic differences. More men (51%) know someone who’s lied on his or her résumé than women do (39%). Fifty-five percent of employees ages 18 to 34 can name someone whose résumé contains fabrications, the most of all age groups.

Most common résumé fibs:
Job experience: 76%
Job duties: 55%
Education: 33%
Employment dates: 26%

Source: OfficeTeam survey, August 2017

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