Reasons why lying on your resume is a terrible idea

As a transitioning service member, you might feel that your civilian resume is lacking. You’ve spent the last few years creating and excelling at a military career, so it might seem as though you don’t have the skills, education, or experience needed to land a job in your industry. It might be tempting to lie on your resume, but the truth is that it’s never a good idea.

The research shows that the discovery of your lie is imminent. CareerBuilder reports that more almost 80% of employers have found lies on resumes. So, even though it might seem like a good idea on the surface, here’s why lying on your resume is a terrible idea.

  • Crushes your credibility

If a hiring manager discovers your fib, you’ve completely blown your chances at ever being considered for the job. Consideration of future employment is also impossible if you lie. Just as the military is a small community, so too are civilian industries. Chances are the hiring manager who discovered your lie knows other hiring managers. And guess what? People like to talk. That means that your lie could potentially ruin your chances of ever having a good reputation in your field.

  • The lie will have to continue

Let’s say you lied on your resume and said you went to a prestigious university for your degree. No one wants to live inside a lie for the rest of their lives. People remember details. If you don’t tell the truth on your resume, invariably it’s going to catch up with you. The lie doesn’t stop at your resume or in the interview. It means you’re going to have to keep up the charade for as long as you hold the position.

  • You’re going to live with worry

Lying means that you’re always going to be worried someone will uncover the truth. Even if it’s not in the forefront of your mind, there’s still going to be a small nagging feeling that a boss or colleague is going to unravel your tale. This means that your attention is going to be distracted, and ultimately, your job performance will suffer.

  • Termination might be in your future

Being less than truthful on a resume to land a job means you either don’t have the work experience, skills, or education required for the position. Ultimately, this puts you at a disadvantage because you’re not going to be able to perform the job well. In the end, you’re going to look like a less than a competent worker, which could lead to termination later.

  • If you’ve submitted a less than truthful resume, here’s what to do:

Immediately contact the hiring manager and ask to provide an updated resume. Requesting to send in an update might set off an alarm for the interviewer, but it’s worth the risk. Make sure your updated copy isn’t completely off base from your original; just make sure it’s as honest as possible. If you’re unable to send an edited version, the smartest choice is to withdraw your application as swiftly as possible. That means you spare yourself the embarrassment of having to explain why you lied.

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