Should You Ever Lie on Your Resume?

There were a lot of takeaways from Career Planning for Undergraduates.

  • “Not only did I find out about new methods to search for careers, but I was reminded to go back to other methods that I was starting to slack off on or lose faith in.”
  • “Encouragement. Knowing the process will end up with finding a lot about yourself and the best fits for yourself 🙂 .”
  • “It was very interesting and inspiring to hear all of the speaker’s stories. I don’t feel as nervous about finding a job when I graduate. They all explained how they got where they are now and I really appreciate their advice.”
  • “Lessons learned: 1. Importance networking 2. Never burn bridges 3.know how to market yourself.”

One of our panelists was particularly successful at provoking discussion with his own colorful dialogue. He intimated that it was appropriate to lie on a resume. So why shouldn’t you lie (apart from the obvious ethical, moral, and spiritual implications)? What do hiring managers say about applicants and employees who lied on their resumes? What happens if they’re hired?

What will they say and do?


Little known fact – Cee Lo was actually inspired by an applicant to had lied on his resume. He just didn’t think that would be a very marketable video. “I pity the fool that hires you.”

OK, not really, but it sounds good.

Photo by davidfg