Arrow-right Camera

The Vox Box

Increasing Number of Job Seekers Lie on Their Resumes

While staring at my blank inbox screen on my hotmail account, I saw an interesting MSN article about the types of lies job applicants write on their resumes while searching desperately for a job.

Take a look at some of these examples found while taking a survey conduced by hiring managers and workers:

-Candidate listed military experience beyond his birth date.

-Candidate claimed to have been a professional baseball player.

-Applicant invented a school that didn't exist

-Candidate claimed to be member of the Kennedy family

-Job seeker claimed to be the CEO of a company he merely worked hourly for

-Job seeker included examples of work which were actually those of the interviewer.

What do you think? How do you make a resume stand out without resorting to dishonesty?

18 percent of those surveyed on admitted to lying about their skill set, and 10 percent confessed to lying about an academic degree.

6 percent of hiring managers overlooked the false resumes and hired the candidate anyways.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to The Vox Box

In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at