Posted by Ben Simo
Pradeep Soundararajan recently posted a podcast about fake experience on resumes. [listen] This reminded me of an experience I had with a fake resume.
A colleague came to me, dropped a resume in my hand, and asked if I had worked for a company listed on the resume. I quickly scanned the resume and noticed a former employer listed in the experience. I checked the dates and discovered that they included a period that I worked for that company. I then read details that listed projects in which I had been intimately involved. However, I did not recognize the name at the top of the resume. I then called several people at that company and could not find anyone that knew this person.
The experience listed on the resume was fake. It was a lie.
Lying on your resume can come back to haunt you -- sometimes even many years down the road. Don't fall into that trap.- Sunder Ramchandran
Resumes: Fake it and you break it
This blatant lie was easily caught. Even if I had not worked for the company listed on the resume, whether or not someone worked for a company is usually easy to check. Former employers may be unlikely to give details about what a person did and why they left, but they will generally confirm whether or not someone was an employee.
Faking it may get your foot in the door, but once you are in you still have to perform. The person that submitted this fake resume was interviewed. It was reported to me that it quickly became clear that the person did not have the amount of experience they claimed.
Job hunting can be tough. Faking it does not help. It only makes it tougher. Tell the truth.