Did you hear the one about the nursing assistant who spent two years as the President of the American Medical Association after completing her medical assistant certification? How about the 32 year old nursing assistant who has 25 years of experience in the field? Believe it or not, hiring managers all have their favorite stories about fantastic lies they’ve come across on the résumés of job seekers.
Everything from the standard lies like listing degrees that haven’t really been earned and listing employment at places where the candidate didn’t really work, to more outrageous claims like having won Olympic medals or having been the Prime Minister of a foreign country, hiring managers have seen it all. This is why if you recently earned your nursing assistant certification and you’re on the job hunt, you should take care not to embellish your résumé. It is easy to spot bogus claims when you review hundreds of resumes each day.
This article looks at some of the most brazen résumé lies collected by a recent CareerBuilder survey and they’d be comical if they weren’t actual instances of people trying to fool hiring managers. Read the piece. It’s worth a few chuckles. Then internalize the take-away message which is, “be truthful on your résumé and let your actual accomplishments speak for themselves.” Honesty is always the best policy, especially when seeking a job. The truth has a way of finding day light and you can really damage your credibility and career by pretending to be someone you’re not.