There was a research conducted in the US about the employers’ views regarding the applicants’ resume and surprisingly they found out that…
Majority of the applicants lie about:
1. Salary. Salary received from the previous employment. Of course they expect an offer of a higher salary.
2. Educational Background. Some of the applicants were padding on the honors received or anything about the education. sometimes in the resume this applicant attended to a seminar and so on.. even this applicant really did not attend to such.
3. Dates. Some applicants were extending dates or padding dates of employment from the previous company. This is to fill the gap of “no work” years or months in the resume.
During the interviews some candidates lie too, saying that they know the job very well even if they don’t know exactly of what to do.
Human Resources Departments are taking time to investigate and verify the authenticity of the details in the resume, likewise to all the information that will be told by the applicant during the interviews.
In the long run, these lies often result to termination of the employment, and of course losing credibility. It will be taken against one’s character. A liar is a cheater and can not be trusted. OUCH! in addition, asking for recommendation will be a problem. Who would want to recommend someone who has a record of lying or cheating to another company? An employee may face a legal problem, too since resume is a document and stating that the information there were true…attesting it truthfulness by the signature. And of course, it is such a disgrace to the family of Pinocchio even without actual growing of nose. How embarrassing when caught. tsk tsk tsk
If you are interested to know more, here is the link to that research http://www.gradschoolhub.com/resume/ .
Well let us not take that as a negative research and pro employers, rather let us treat that as a reminder for all of us
Here are some of my suggestions based on my experience. If you are a job hunter (sounds like a ghost buster) consider the following points.
- Be honest. Just include in the resume all the true information. After each resume or curriculum vitae we signed it saying that I thereby attest that the information provided here are true. Remember…. you signed that paper
- Be Accurate: Accuracy is important when stating facts like dates. If you lose a job for a year you don’t need to put it there however, you can’t pad the years over the previous employment. Remember that there is a chance that Human Resources Department will be checking the information you have there.
During the interview:
- Straightforward but with willingness to be trained or to learn. If you don’t know what the job description is, don’t pretend that you know, because in the long run, your performance will speak for you. It is more embarrassing if you will be placed in that position.
- Be confident.
I know that we can do and will do anything just to be hired. Applying for a job is a competition. (I mean if there no moral and philosophical views at stake. ) but let me ask you one thing….
seriously, will you lie?
Happy job hunting..
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