6 lies that the recruiter can detect on your resume
At this point we don’t have to tell you that lying on your resume is one of the worst things you can do in your job search. Why? Because the job market is very small and the truth ends up coming to light sooner or later (either during the job interview or once hired). But what are the most common lies in a CV, those that seem “passable” to you but actually catch the attention of recruiters? We are going to review some of the most bloody and, therefore, the most easily verifiable by those responsible for Human Resources.
Indicate that you have studied a degree, master or postgraduate degree that you have never really finished
Nothing happens if you didn’t finish the degree you started. It is possible that you did not like it, that you decided to redirect your academic career or that a personal or financial problem prevented you from finishing it. The recruiter isn’t interested in why you graduated early, but that doesn’t mean you can lie on your resume that you completed the degree. If you took only two years of Computer Engineering, for example, you can mention these two years of studies.
Make curricular practices pass through professional experiences
Curricular internships are NOT considered professional experiences. This can be a real chore for people looking for their first job opportunity and have linked several internships in companies. Many times, the tasks performed by the interns are the same as those of someone who is on staff.
Knowing this, and no matter how angry we are, we cannot “make up” these practices and make them pass as work experiences themselves. In your resume you must mention your experiences as a trainee, of course, but clearly indicating that they are internships in companies.
Inflate a job …
Because being an editor is not the same as being an editor in chief the functions and the level of responsibility are substantially different in both jobs. So, as tempting as it may be to inflate this job, is not the best thing to do.
… or “create” a new one that never existed
Much worse is inventing a job or company you’ve never worked for. The recruiter can quickly unmask you by asking for credentials, references to former bosses (which don’t really exist) or concrete examples of your assumption work . The best thing is not to risk because, we repeat, they will catch you.
Say you master X language or skill
They can ask you for a C1 in a foreign language, and you, who have a B2, “embellish” your knowledge of the language included in the curriculum. Although it is not recommended, almost all of us have done it at some point. However, the claim that you are proficient in a foreign language or that you are proficient in a particular computer program (when none of the claims are true) is something that can be easily demonstrated through a foreign language test or interview. So if you don’t know a foreign language or don’t know the X tools, don’t risk using any of these lies.
Not being completely honest with the length of time you worked at X company
We know: nobody likes to have job gaps in the curriculum, since these periods of time do not always depend on ourselves. Still, it is better to leave this gap and specify what you did in the meantime (take care of a dependent relative, change job sector, specialize in something else, take a sabbatical …) than indicate that you worked ten months in X company when in reality it was only two. It’s as easy for the recruiter to figure it out as picking up the phone and calling your old boss.