Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson lost his job in 2012 because he falsified his resume. He lied about getting a computer science degree and was forced to resign when the truth came to light.
"How could he do such a thing?" the American public cried out. "What kind of criminal lies on his resume?"
recent AOL survey, 78 percent of respondents admitted to using a misleading resume when applying for a job. So, before you cast stones, ask yourself this: Do you want to be part of the cheaters or the goody-goodies?
If the dark side is tempting you, here are the most popular ways to fool employers during a job search. But beware: Each trick comes with its own traps.
1. Exaggerating your abilities and accomplishments on your resume.
You're updating your resume and want to make your abilities pop off the page. So, you simply change your knowledge of a computer program into a proficiency. A moment later, you've magically learned HTML -- and co-founded your first company while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
The reward: You look more accomplished on paper.
The risk: You lose the job offer when your true abilities are exposed in an interview.
The consensus: Exaggerating your abilities on your resume can lead to a downward spiral of crippling lies. Don't do it. Instead, emphasize your best skill that applies to the job.
2. Lying about how much you "loved" your last job in an interview.
It makes sense to glorify your work history. After all, interviewers will toss you aside if you sound like a complainer who clashes with management.
But you shouldn't come across as a pushover, either. You want to actually enjoy your next job, so be honest about your expectations.
The reward: You come across as a good fit and a fun candidate.
The risk: You end up in a similar job situation and are similarly unhappy because you weren't upfront about your expectations.
The consensus: A little sugarcoating is fine, but be honest about what you want to accomplish in the target position.
3. Lying about why you left your last job.
Here's a question you're guaranteed to face during your job search: "Why are you looking for work?"
The question you'll then ask yourself is, "Should I say I left my job because it didn't line up with my career goals, or should I admit I was let go?"
The reward: Avoid the negative connotation associated with being fired.