When it comes to resume writing, it’s always good to come to the Career Center or at least get a trustworthy third-party (like a family member or a friend) to look over your resume and critique it before sending it out. Having an extra pair of eyes will ensure that nothing is missed and your resume is as perfect as it can be.
However, it’s amazing how many people don’t take this advice. A People Operations Manager at Google explained that out of the 50,000 resumes the company often sees in a week, “some are brilliant, most are just okay, many are disasters.” In his two-part article, he draws on his experience to list out several dos and don’ts in regards to resume writing. Some of the more obvious tips were “do spellcheck, don’t exceed a page, and DON’T lie.”
Of course, sometimes there might be that old high school temptation to fake or fudge certain information on your resume, whether it’s the number of years you’ve worked at a place or even the university that you went to, just to get ahead in these times of economic grief. But as these ten stories about executives who were fired due to lying on their resume, even if you get away with false information for now, it may come back to haunt you later on. Read some of these horror stories, and make sure that you never fall into the same fate.