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This Is the Worst Lie You Can Put On Your Resume

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Job applicants waiting in line reviewing their resumes Job applicants reviewing their resumes | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You know you shouldn’t lie on your resume, and yet, heaps of people do. It’s tempting — relatively speaking, you’re probably not going to get caught. Especially if it’s just a little white lie; a lie that is seemingly so insignificant that it’s not even worth fact-checking. While some skills or abilities are seemingly ambiguous and difficult to itemize on a resume, there are certain things that hiring managers keep an eye out for. And if you get caught lying on your resume? It can cost you.

But what is the cardinal sin in terms of lies on your resume? Is there one lie that trumps all others — that is more severe and misleading? A new project from Hloom sought to address that very question. And we now have an answer.

58% of hiring managers report that they’ve spotted lies on applicants’ resumes. We asked 2,000 people in the U.S. to weigh in on the subject – and come clean about their own resume fabrications,” the Hloom team writes. “We asked respondents to categorize common resume embellishments as real or white. Interestingly, 5 of the top 10 real lies relate to education: alma mater, academic degree, college major, GPA, and college minor. Other lies considered real include lying about foreign language fluency, employment history, job titles, and projects/portfolio.”

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