Lying on a resume is the dumbest of dumb things to do. This is job suicide, and there can be truly horrendous consequences.

It’s even dumber than it looks. Think about it for a minute – Not only are you lying on your resume, you’re doing it in resume writing, and you’re providing the actual proof that you’re lying.

Even the idea of lying on your resume is based on a dumb idea. One of the reasons people lie on their resumes is because for some reason they believe “nobody will check”. Checking has never been easier with modern technology, and all employers do check. They check resumes for factual accuracy on a routine basis. Your chances of getting away with lying on your resume are zero.

Some people don’t seem to understand that even a small lie which seems harmless can be truly fatal. If your employer discovers you’ve been lying on your resume, it means they can’t trust you. Would you employ someone you know has been lying to you from day one? It’s a risk they can’t afford to take, and they won’t take it.

Consequences of Lying on Resume

What happens when you lie on your resume?

Lying on your resume is not only stupid, it can be highly expensive. US employers in particular may go to extraordinary lengths to deal with people found to be lying on their resumes. They may even go so far as taking legal action, a very unfunny and potentially very expensive response.

The basis for legal actions may vary considerably and will differ between cases. The simple fact is that employers can make a case out of this situation, and many do.

Another strong possibility is that the employer may choose to withhold wages and refuse unemployment insurance benefits. These issues may turn into long-term problems for your bottom line.

The fun doesn’t stop there. If you used a recruiter to obtain your job, the recruiter may lose a client as a result of your lying, and you may lose a recruiter. This drastically reduces your chances of finding a job, and completely destroys your credibility with the recruiter. Would you try to find a job for someone who lost you an important client?

This is very much a no-win scenario for people who lie on their resumes. It’s a train wreck. Not only do you lose your job, you could lose a large amount of money, as well in a situation where you have no income.

Don’t lie on your resume

One of the strangest things about lying on your resume is that you don’t have to do it at all. Just don’t include any false information. It’s as simple as that.

  • If you were fired from a job, don’t lie about it. Simply state the facts of the matter, and admit that you made a mistake or that you dispute the reasons for which you lost your job.
  • If you don’t have qualifications, don’t claim that you do. There is nothing easier to check than qualifications.
  • Don’t falsify your work record. Again, this is extremely easy to check.

The bottom line – If you don’t want to get into stupid situations, don’t do stupid things.