Your Resume and Cover Letter – To Lie or Not Lie?

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Believe it or not this is actually a serious consideration for many people while crafting the latest version of their professional selves. Though our mothers always told us that lying is a bad thing – deep down inside we know it’s sometimes necessary. Or is it?

So what are the times when lying is okay?

How about when you’re tired and don’t want to socialize with friends. Perhaps a tall tale about having a “headache” is the order of the day? Or how about telling your boss that “sure” you’ll have the report “ready” in a jiffy, no problem! “Hey, Mr. Santos can just wait ‘til my printer gets fixed by the printer guy?” Yep. You betcha.

On a scale of one to ten, are these deceits soul crushing deceptions that will render us eternally damned? Probably not.

That’s because they fall into the realm of “white lies” – which all things considered isn’t so bad.

But how about when it comes to your resume and cover letter?Can we apply the same super philosophy? The answer is a resounding – no.

Not that everything can be reduced to the infantile potentiality of getting “caught,”but yeah – basically if you get caught, you’re in big trouble!

Never lie about where you went to school, what degree or diploma you took or what your grade average is. These little tidbits are all VERY verifiable and certainly not outside the realm of any slightly curious employer. Where you worked? Same deal. If HR people or business owners care to cross-check your employment history, you significantly increase the odds of the spider catching the fly. In general it’s best to not lie about anything that’s major: pertinent details that make or break your work history.

Not to mention that with social networking the world is getting unnervingly small. Do you really want a friend of a friend informing you that he spoke with your boss (via Facebook) about how you NEVER worked at that big, software developing company? You risk not only tarnishing your name with that employer, but a lot others. Who knows how far the information-sharing pendulum will swing?

Leave lying for the doozy you come up with to skip your next blind date. Your resume is no place to tempt the fates.

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