Writing an Effective and Honest Resume

In an uncertain economy, it can be tempting for IT professionals to pad their resumes in the hopes of impressing hiring managers and securing more interviews, especially if they’ve been on the job hunt for a while. Those beginning their careers may do so to make up for a lack of experience. But the truth is being deceitful on your resume can quickly ruin not only your likelihood of landing a job, but also your future career prospects.

Long-Term Consequences

Many firms perform background and reference checks on potential employees during the interview process, and just one lie or misrepresentation can eliminate you from contention. With a quick call to a former boss or a university’s registrar’s office, a hiring manager can uncover a fabrication and end your chances of landing the position. If an exaggeration is initially overlooked, that doesn’t mean it won’t surface once you’re employed. Even the most successful careers aren’t immune from the long-lasting effects of a dishonest resume.

MIT’s dean of admissions, for example, resigned after it was revealed that she’d inflated her qualifications on the resume she’d submitted — 28 years earlier.

When it comes to your resume, the line between effective self-promotion and fabrication can be a thin one. Ensuring total accuracy can involve borderline decisions; when in doubt, err on the safe side. For example, if you’re working toward a certification you expect to have in a few months, don’t say you’ve already earned it.

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