When you spot a job that is almost a perfect match for your skills and experience, it’s normal to be excited. However, if the one thing you are missing is considered a must-have on the vacancy announcement, that excitement can quickly turn into something else.
You may find yourself debating, “Should I apply for the job anyone and hope for the best?” Alternatively, you may start to wonder, “Would it be so bad if I lied and said I brought everything they need to the table?”
While claiming you are 100 percent qualified when you are actually 95 percent qualified might not seem like a big deal, lying on your resume is always a bad idea. If you are wondering why, here’s what you need to know.
One Resume Lie Begets Another
A lie on a resume may seem like a single incident. However, this is a falsehood that is only going to breed additional lies.
Think about it; when the hiring manager asks you about the skill during the interview, are you going to come clean or double down? If you get the job, would you admit that you need training in that area or are you more likely to say you have things under control try and fake your way through it?
Usually, lying about your skills on your resume is going to lead to more lying. The more complicated the web, the more likely you’re going to get caught during the hiring process. And, even if you get a job offer, you’re going to be discovered once you start in the role.
The Resume Lie Can Haunt You
When you lie on your resume, the idea of getting caught may start to haunt you. With each conversation with the hiring manager, every step of the process, and even with a job offer in hand, you’ll worry someone is going to figure out you aren’t being honest.
Plus, there’s always a chance your references aren’t going to back up your story. If a skill is genuinely crucial for the role, the hiring manager might ask them about your performance in that area. When they don’t confirm you have the required level of expertise, the hiring manager is going to be on to your ruse.
Even if you do get through the hiring process and land a job offer, that fear might not end. Usually, if you are caught after the fact, you can lose your job, even if it is years down the road. Should they choose to let you stay, your reputation has been damaged. Your boss and co-workers might not trust you anymore, and that can kill your career.
Ultimately, lying on your resume is never a smart move. The risks are incredibly high, especially because getting caught is almost inevitable.
If you find a job that seems like a great fit, but you are missing a key skill, don’t lie. Instead, go out and acquire that skill. That way, you’ll be ready the next time the opportunity comes around, and you won’t have to lie to land it.
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