Whenever you apply for a job, you definitely take part in some, let's call it, "selective editing" of your résumé to make yourself look good. But there's one thing you should never lie about on your résumé or you'll risk losing your job.
Jobsite TopResume interviewed over 600 hiring managers about lies on résumés, and asked about the worst offenders. 97 percent of the managers said they would reconsider any candidate with a lie in their résumé. But there was one lie that rose above the rest: education.
That's right, 89 percent of hiring managers said lying about an academic degree was the biggest deal breaker than any other possible lie. This topped everything from technical knowledge, licenses/credentials and even criminal history. Lying about your education was deemed the most devious of all.
Ironically, lying about education is also the most common deception in résumés. Candidates don't want to be disqualified for a position because they don't have the degree necessary, so they pretend they have it. Unfortunately for them, it's also the easiest lie to uncover because a simple background check will determine whether it's real or not.
Many job descriptions nowadays will actually say "degree or equivalent experience," so even if you don't have a degree, if you can prove you have enough experience in that field it may not be an issue.
On the bright side, this means it's probably easier to lie about other stuff on your résumé, so go bonkers on everything else instead!