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FutureStarrLying About Employment Dates on Resume
The number one reason people are likely to not hire someone because of their resume is that they include false employment dates on the document. Hiring managers search resumes by job title, so without the right dates, candidates often end up in dead-end jobs.
Job candidates might stretch the truth by using vague terms to describe their skills and experience. Perhaps they reason that as long as they’re not spouting an outright lie, it’s OK. But savvy interviewers will spot people who aren’t quite as knowledgeable as they initially appear. “Using ambiguous phrases like ‘familiar with’ or ‘involved in’ could mean the candidate is trying to cover up a lack of direct experience,” noted OfficeTeam. In other words, claiming to be familiar with event planning because you sometimes pick up doughnuts for the weekly staff meeting isn’t going to fly.
I asked one HR manager who asked that his name not be disclosed. He told me, “I don’t check last salary. I think it’s not as important as the combination of what people want, market value for the job and what I’m willing to pay. We use a third party to background check everyone as a condition of the offer, so I would usually find out if they were fired or laid off and we confirm exact dates of employment.” This, he says, is the most common resume lie. He adds that sometimes a candidate will ask you not to contact a current employer because they don’t want them to know they’re looking. This is not an insurmountable obstacle, however, as many employers will agree not to contact a current employer only until an offer is made. Then the offer is contingent on verification of employment history. (Source: