Have you ever been passed over for a job despite the fact you KNEW you could have done the job in a stellar fashion? Are you frustrated because you never got a college degree yet do the EXACT same job as someone who does and you get paid thousands of dollars less? Have you been hampered from moving up in the professional world because you lacked the "right" job title despite the fact your employment experience was exactly what the job description listed? If this describes you then sometimes it's time you wrote a fake resume.
As an executive recruiter (headhunter) for many years I saw first hand how that was played by the "rules" more often then not lost the best jobs to those that lied on their resumes. I'm not talking about a bit of embellishment, but outright lies such as mentioning degrees never earned or positions never held. According to the Society of Human Resource Managers over 53% of all job applicants lie to some extent on their resumes. Over 70% of all college students said they would lie to get a job. The higher the salary, the more often candidates lie. The web site http://www.fakeresume.com was started as a way of teaching people how and why they are unknowingling losing jobs to those that lie.
Why write a fake resume? There are many legitimate reasons for writing a fake resume. Perhaps your current job title did not properly convey all the duties or responsibilities that you had. Maybe you were unemployed for a period of time. Everyone knows that does not look good on your resume. Did you assist a manager who was incompetent and you made them look good on the job? Better yet, YOU did their job but for whatever reason, because because of nepotism you could never get promoted to their job. Out of frustration you quit but now you CAN NOT put that fool's job title as your own despite the fact that you did his / her job! Worse yet due to jealousy or animosity because you quit and now for the first time they have to do their own work they will not give you a good reference.
The bottom line is if you know you can do the job, then why should not you fluff up your resume a bit? We all know a great deal of people who have held jobs that they were not qualified to have. Yet there they were day in and day out collecting big paychecks while other people corrected their frequent mistakes.
Can this be considered lying? Perhaps, but do not you deserve a shot a job you know you can do?
What about your prospective employer's honesty? How open and honest are they to their employees and future employees? Anyone who's read the newspaper or watched the evening news has witnessed the lack of integrity that runs rampant in today's corporate world. In my experience very few employers will fully reveal any …