Throw that mortar board hat into the air!  Do your best William Wallace impersonation and yell, “freedom”!  Now relax for maybe two seconds and then start looking for a job.  Congratulations graduate, the real world awaits.  And let’s be real when I say “real” world—I mean real as in only real facts on your resume.Your job hunting document is not your final assignment in creative writing 300.  According to ADP, a human capital management and research firm, 46 percent of job applicants commit some form of resume fraud.  In addition they report  78% of resumes are misleading and 27% of U.S. workers have been fired due to resume lies.

So are we a country of liars or what?  ADP’s work seems to indicate it’s more a matter of trying to be

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competitive but can result in some jobseekers doing something that is not only unethical but also can be illegal.

The top 10 resume lies, according to Marquet International, a security consulting firm:

  1. Stretching work dates
  2. Inflating past accomplishments and skills
  3. Enhancing job titles and responsibilities
  4. Exaggerating educational background
  5. Inventing periods of "self-employment" to cover up unemployment
  6. Omitting past employment
  7. Faking credentials
  8. Falsifying reasons for leaving prior employment
  9. Providing false references
  10. Misrepresenting a military record

Before you commit resume fraud, consider this:

  • Lying about your education is illegal in some states. You not only face a stiff penalty, but also a loss of your personal credibility.
  • Employers in every state can fire you with the snap of a finger if they catch you in any resume lie.
  • The chance of getting caught in a resume lie is very high. Thanks to the digital age, verifying information is easier and faster than ever.
  • Nearly 96 percent of all employers conduct background checks on prospective employees.