The Ethics of Resume Writing

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The Ethics of Resume WritingSure, you want your resume, cover letter, and video resume to make you look as good as you possibly can to a potential employer. This is a given. But how truthful do you “have” to be while writing your resume? Where is it okay to fudge a little bit?

Because you’ll have to be prepared to back up any claims you make or prove the skills you say you have, I would advise you against engaging in any sort of lying, fibbing, or over-the-top exaggerating on your resume. Especially avoid the following:

According to an article by TheLadders, a survey conducted by online payroll provider, Sure Payroll, found that 79 percent of business owners claimed to have hired a job candidate that underperformed once hired, when compared to the information provided on their resume. That’s a lot of people that are risking their potential new job for the sake of a few fibs!

Think you can get away with sprinkling some “white lies” into your resume? Think again. According to the same article, 96 percent of HR managers said that their company performs background checks on every job candidate hired. If you know how to write a good resume, however, then lying is not necessary. There are ethical ways to beef up your resume, such as the following:

With these tips, you’re ready to give your resume a make-over…the ethical way. Visit for more resume tips and career advice.


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