Job-Seekers Revealed The Most Successful Lies They Ever Told On Their Resumes So Get Ready To Take Notes
Who among us hasn’t “embellished” a little bit when putting together a resume? Maybe just adding little but extra juice to an achievement? Or naming a skill that you aren’t really as proficient in as you claim? We all look for that little thing that might put us over the top when it comes to other job applicants.
These people over on “Ask Reddit,” however, they went above and beyond. They not only flat-out lied on their resumes, their lies actually succeeded!
These replied to the question, “People who lie on their resumes, what’s your greatest achievement?” should be must-viewing for anyone looking to land a new job. Because hey, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Here are some of their best “success” stories…
I’m an architect, and I lied on my resume and said I was excellent at using a certain BIM software. I did know how to use it, but only for the basics, I figured with normal use and with my knowledge of other similar software I would pick up the rest. Turns out part of my job was going to be training one of the firm’s directors with how to use this BIM software.
I had a month before I was going to start working for the new firm, so I spent all my free time that entire month doing a ton of tutorials to learn enough so that I could teach this director.
Turned out the director is completely computer illiterate, he was still drawing his plans and sections by hand and then having a tech draw them up in autocad. He got frustrated and quit (trying to learn the software, not the firm) after a few lessons, and I managed to get away with that lie. ~ stone_opera
On my resume I say that I have a computer science degree. Not only do I not have a college degree I never graduated high school and do not even have a GED.
Someone asked me for a writing sample. I sent them a report that I actually did prepare, but it was a template that wasn’t developed by me. Worked too; got the job. ~ jacksonstew
To get my first job, I said I was 20, had 3 years experience in the industry, had put down a certain address of a nice house in the neighborhood where the business was, so they would think I lived there (but asked that all my mail go to my Post Office box), had gone to college for two years and wanted the night job to continue attending school.
In actuality I was 16, had zero experience in anything, had moved out of an abusive home and was living rough between friends’ couches and sleeping outdoors, needed to work nights because I was finishing the 11th grade.
My boss eventually caught on, but by then I had proven myself. I explained the truth of my situation, and he let me stay. When I went for my second ever job, he gave me a glowing reference and I had 2 years of work experience to legitimately put on my resume. I’ve never lied since. ~ JessicaGriffin
Coming out of University only having had a couple of part time/Saturday jobs (none of the managers I kept in touch with) so one of my references was Brennan Huff (played by Will Ferrell in Step Brothers). Luckily I was good enough/they were desperate enough not to phone my references. ~ ScoutingGod