Honesty on Your Resume

I kept seeing the following image on LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Facebook and so I decided that it must be a sign that I needed to share it with the Healthcare IT Today crowd since it’s so relevant to healthcare IT resumes.

In my experience, this doesn’t happen very often. However, it’s pretty funny to see. The reason I haven’t seen it very often is that more often than not, the employer finds out about people who try and lie on their resume. No doubt there are salacious examples of people lying on their resume and not getting caught, but I’ve seen that more as the exception vs the rule.

When you look at what companies do to vet you before hiring you, it’s no surprise that you can’t lie on your resume. Whether they discover your lie in the interviews, on the reference checks, on the background checks, or just through a simple Google or social media search, most employers will find out when something is amiss.

What I think is actually more common is that people are afraid to claim the expertise and accomplishments that they really have achieved. It’s quite common for people to downplay some of their accomplishments even on a resume. This is why it’s great to have a professional resume company help you write your resume. They know how to find the right balance between sharing your expertise and skills without sounding arrogant.

At the end of the day, honesty is the key on the resume. If and when an employer discovers that you’ve lied on the resume, your career opportunities with them is over. Lying on a resume is never worth the risk.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.