Job Seekers More Likely to Lie on Resume

by Danielle Cotterman on December 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

Employers are seeing a spike in the number of people lying on their resumes.

Job Developer at the Muskingum County Opportunity Center Julie Metzger said it’s most likely due to the poor economy and high competition as more people are searching for jobs.

"People are feeling desperate, so they are fabricating things on their resume," explained Metzger. "Maybe listing different skills sets and things, maybe they’re a little bit familiar but don’t have a whole lot of experience, they’re just trying to get anything and everything they can on that resume to try and make themselves stand out."

Metzger said about 80% resumes are misleading. She said job seekers will inflate salary claims and employment dates, even claim a false degree or give false references. She warns the truth will eventually come out, most times through a background check.

"Really the employer they want an employee that can trust," emphasized Metzger. "So if you’re honest in the beginning and put yes, I had a felony and it was so many years ago but I’ve worked on that and I’m ready to make a fresh start. They would rather hear something like that than you just flat out lie."

The Opportunity Center offers assistance in building a resume. For more information you can call or visit the Opportunity Center Monday through Friday during business hours.

The Muskingum County Opportunity Center
is located at the Plaza on 5th & Main
503 Main Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
Hours are 7:30 am- 4:30 pm, Monday- Friday
(740) 454-6211