Is lying on a resume worth the risk?

The financial services industry was the most likely industry to have lying job candidates

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a competitive job market, but how far would you go to stand out?

One applicant wrote he was the assistant to the prime minister of a country that didn’t have a prime minister. Not all are that obvious.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 58 Percent of hiring managers said they caught lies on resumes. A third of those employers said these lies have increased since the economic recession. Most job candidates lied about their skill sets, responsibilities, job titles and awards they’ve earned.

Some people told 22News they would risk lying in hopes of proving their capabilities once hired.

Others, like Adena Falk from Longmeadow disagreed. She told 22News, “Absolutely not, because the bottom line is, there’s too much information out there now, and you’re gonna get caught, and then you’re going to look like a fool and you’re not going to get the job, either the one you’re applying to or one that’s in the future.”

The financial services industry was the most likely industry to have lying job candidates. The hospitality and information technology industries also found high lying rates.

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