Creating an eye-catching resume that will get you noticed is no small feat. By most accounts, hiring managers will spend just six seconds scanning your resume.
It has to be concise and well-written. With catchy, relevant keywords for the role -- but not too many so as not to come off as robotic. You've got to keep it to one page, and it must be well-formatted and organized.
Of course you're supposed to be truthful about your background and expertise. But doesn't everyone fluff up their resume, even just a bit? Many candidates feel compelled to take some liberties here, perhaps embellish their contributions a bit.
Others flat-out lie on their resume. Don't. There is a very good chance this will get your resume tossed out. Especially if you fib about your education. It's one of the worst resume lies you can tell, according to a survey from TopResume.
It's not worth lying about this.
TopResume, a resume writing service, recently surveyed over 629 professionals who work in human resources, recruiting and hiring. Nearly all said that discovering someone had lied on their resume would cause them to reconsider their candidacy.
Survey respondents said fibbing about your academic degree is the most serious offense. TopResume asked them to rank 14 lies in order of most to least serious. A huge percentage (89 percent) placed "academic degree" first. Lying about your criminal record and certifications and licenses weren't far behind, coming in at 88 percent and 85 percent respectively.
Don't expect that hiring managers will take your resume at face value. Finding the right candidate is a costly and time-consuming process. If they care about making the right hire (and they should) the recruitment team will vet candidates. Sure, maybe they won't dig deep to see if your college degree really checks out. But maybe they will. Why take the risk?
Education isn't always a deal-breaker.
For many employers, the education component might not even be all that relevant. Take Netflix for example. Someone from their recruiting recently answered questions on LinkedIn about what it takes to get hired at Netflix. A hopeful candidate asked what degree they'd need for a specific role.
Netflix responded: "The degree is less important than your work experience."
So it might not even be a deal-breaker if you don't have a degree. But lying is a deal-breaker. No one wants to hire a liar. When it comes to crafting a truly stand-out resume that gets you in the door, honesty is the best policy.