Lying is considered bad as it is but to lie on a resume can be the worst decision you ever make. The consequences can be disastrous, you can lose your job and end up destroying your career in the process. Even if you think you have covered every little loophole to prevent getting caught, there is always something that surfaces at a point in the future which could come back to haunt you.
Why do Applicants Lie?
To put it simply, applicants lie on their resumes and in interviews to get the job. They present themselves to be something they are not but exactly what the hirers are looking for. Usually the lies are about their past salaries and job designations, as exaggerating them is an easy way to increase self worth. This may work in the short term but it can have consequences in the future.
Lying to an employer in resumes and interviews can be bad for those seeking a career in sales. If you mention your experience with a past company or organization then your future employer is definitely going to do a background check. Your skills and talent may impress them into giving you the job but what if they find out later that you lied on your resume and interview? Lies always come back to where they started. Never take that chance when it comes to your sales career.
Why You Should Be Honest?
Most companies have strict hiring policies, with their HR departments thoroughly checking each and every candidate. Doing background checks has become easy now that the only thing the employer has to do is to enter the applicant’s name in Google. If you write your previous designation as a sales manager instead of truthfully writing sales representative then your future employer will easily be able to catch your lie. Your application will be tossed out, along with any chance of a job.
When you are hired by an employer, it is done so on the basis of your resume. It is assumed that you have been honest in your resume and interview about your skills and past work. You may have the job but you still won’t have the right skills for it. If this is so then you won’t be doing the company any good and once they realize that, you will most probably be fired.
You need to develop a good resume in the same way that you do your sales. You need to be honest and to the point, ‘sell’ yourself without using big words. Be truthful about the projects completed and the challenges tackled successfully. Save yourself from the uncomfortable feeling so you can have peace of mind to succeed at your new job.