'Lies, Lies, Inside and Out, All Lies!'' (Resume Lies, That Is.)

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                           “Lies, Lies, Inside and Out, All Lies!” (Resume Lies, That Is.)
                           [By Mary Waldron]
                            When most law students graduate, they face an oh-so-daunting Catch-22: many entry-level jobs require previous
                           experience, which many law graduates obviously do not have. They may also be encouraged to lie about which schools
                           they attended, since consideration of the school a candidate graduated from is often a make-or-break factor in getting
                           hired by a top firm. This leads many misguided law graduates to include “little white lies” on their resumes, even though
                           the first rule in resume writing is “Do not lie.” So why do people continue to fib about job experience and schooling? They
                           must be doing so under the misconception that they can cover all of their tracks flawlessly, failing to anticipate that people
                           might check up on them. Well, I will let you in on a little secret: if you lie, people will find out about it.

Many job seekers have been doing it for            too much about. Employers, especially the           So, okay. Let’s say you do get caught in an
years, convincing themselves that claiming         really sadistic ones, love to grill applicants      “itty bitty” resume lie. “So what?” you might
to have worked for an amazing firm for years,      about their past experiences and jobs.              think. There are many firms in the world,
rather than a few months, is not “really”          In fact, these are usually two of the first         and none of them will find out, right? Well,
lying. Yes, even stretching the truth and          items that employers like to discuss in job         perhaps, but it is amazing how small the
exaggerating a bit are ways of lying. The          interviews. Even if you actually do manage to       law world can be, especially if you lie about
fact that you are not flat-out lying by naming     do your homework on the bogus material you          a firm located in the same state as the firm
a firm that you have never set foot in does        have included, your deer-in-the-headlights          to which you are applying. Lawyers know
not mean you are innocent of outrageous            expression and sudden shift in body language        other lawyers. Many law professionals have
resume lies. Besides, if you lie about your        will indicate that you have lied somewhere—         had opportunities to network with others
time spent at a job or something else that         even if you have rehearsed your big moment.         in their field—during law school, while
may seem minor, it will usually lead to more       If you got your undergraduate degree in             holding internships, or at other companies
lies, as your “longer” experience at a job will    acting, you may get away with lying once, but       they have worked for. When employers see
have to be reflected when you discuss your         do not worry; the time will come when you           the names of companies or firms where
accomplishments and duties related to the          are found out—probably after you are hired          they have connections, they will read no
company. One white lie leads to another. If        and nice and cozy, having drinks with one of        further and simply call their contacts for
you decide that you want to limit your lying       the partners.                                       information. Save yourself from acquiring a
by not carrying it all the way through, you                                                            bad reputation by sticking to the truth.
will then have a new problem. Not being            Now, what exactly is being done to catch
consistent by fabricating additional details       resume thieves red-handed? Something                It is time for job seekers to wake up. With
about what you did at the firm will make it        very simple, actually. According to Search          25% of all job candidates admitting to lying
look as though you hardly learned anything         Consultants International, Inc., more than          on their resumes, according to ABC News,
or failed to contribute meaningfully to the        50% of all employers hire companies like            employers are quickly wising up. Accept the
company during your “extended time” there.         IMI Data Search to conduct background               challenge to develop a riveting resume, using
                                                   checks that verify details about previous           your finesse with words and real experience
Another emerging problem related to                employers, educational information,                 to create a clever, yet honest, document. In
resume lies is plagiarism. There are actually      criminal convictions and civil cases, and           the end, if you have truly done all that you
people out there (thieves, I tell you!) who are    even credit histories. As resume lying              can to perfect your resume, an employer
copying job positions, accomplishments, and        has become a larger problem over the                will respond to it. Even if putting in the work
projects straight from other professionals’        years, employing this tactic has become             takes more time, it will be worth it.
resumes and pasting them onto theirs.              increasingly common. Just a few years
Besides possibly causing you to come               ago, less than 5% of employers performed
across as too good to be true, especially if       these types of background checks. The
your listed experience does not match your         government is even getting involved in this
well-rested baby face, plagiarism can be           controversy—Washington is set to approve a
detrimental if you copy details about jobs and     $,000 fine for claiming false degrees on a
experiences that you actually do not know          resume, according to ABC News.


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