September 17, 2013, 11:18 AM — Everyone knows it's wrong and the act will come back to haunt them, so the question remains: Why do people still lie on their resume?
“People always want to embellish the truth because they don’t know how to effectively explain what the real situation is, or don’t have a compelling story around it,” career coach Kathy Caprino tells Fox Business.
She says professionals worry about job gaps, missing graduate degrees or experience on paper, but in reality, that's not as detrimental to your job chances as an outright fabrication.
“There’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about [for example] taking five years off to raise your children," she says. "People feel that limits opportunities for them, but it’s all about confidence.”
And that confidence takes a huge hit if you have to focus on sustaining a lie, adds career coach Roy Cohen.
“It takes the energy out of you, to maintain the lie,” he notes. “And when you are focusing on maintaining a lie, you get weaker. You don’t look as powerful, or as confident as you do when you are speaking the truth.”
Instead of worrying about what's missing on a resume, Caprino argues job seekers should concentrate on their strengths.
“If you need a master’s in IT to do your job, sign up for an online course," she adds. "And when you are signed up, you can speak powerfully about it.”
Regardless of your perceived shortcomings, don't fudge the facts, as experts say dodgy dates will always catch the eye of a resume screener.