Why 1 in 10 tech pros lie on their resume to get a job

Common resume exaggerations include those related to academic degrees and technical abilities, according to a Blind survey.

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Stretching the truth on your resume is a common practice: Common resume lies include those about a candidate's academic degrees, technical abilities, or criminal records, according to a recent report from Blind. During interviews, candidates tend to lie about information related to salaries, references, and their complete work history, the report noted.

Getting caught lying can be grounds for firing, yet many people in tech and other industries take the risk and pad their resume, the report found.

SEE: 20 resume mistakes to watch out for (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Blind surveyed more than 10,000 people from its community of tech workers. When asked "True or False: I have embellished or lied on my LinkedIn or resume / CV to help land another job," 90% said no, while 10% said yes.

The survey also broke down results by companies with at least 100 employee responses. The following six companies were most likely to employ those who said they lied on their resume to get a job:

  1. SAP (12.5%)
  2. Amazon (11.6%)
  3. Cisco (10.8%)
  4. PayPal (10.6%)
  5. eBay (9.9%)
  6. Microsoft (9.8%)

Padding your resume will come back to haunt you, TechRepublic's Jack Wallen noted. "It's a small world that only gets smaller with every passing day," he wrote. "Even the slightest exaggeration on your resume can catch up with you. Keep to the facts. Don't stretch or bend the truth. Don't alter employment dates to keep from having gaps in your timeline. Don't claim duties or experiences you never had. Don't. Don't. Don't."

For tips on how to make your tech resume more appealing to hiring managers without stretching the truth, check out this TechRepublic article.

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By Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.