Truth About Job Applicants: 46% Resumes Contain False Information [INFOGRAPHIC]

The job market is becoming tougher day by day and applicants are pushing themselves towards the extreme to make sure of an employment. Such extroverted situation is enforcing applicants to stretch the claims in their résumé falsely.  And, the tradition is much higher in just-passed degree holders who want to ride high quickly by making doctored-resume to meet their lavish life-style.

According to the below infographic, released by, around 46% job applicants falsely extend claims in their résumé. Interestingly, the ratio is much higher in college students as 70% claimed they would lie on their résumé to get a desired job.

Making doctored-resume or stretching the truth in resume is quite common activity to win over the first level of screening process. While, most of the employers invest just 6 seconds on each résumé to fish out unwanted candidates, false claims have become and easy-entry approach to pass.

However, this is not an advisable approach especially when things are becoming more and more transparent and reachable in this digital era. Almost every job applicant has its own social (and multiple) presence that carries many of your vital information. Around 37% of employers are leveraging upon social media to screen filtered candidates. Out of which 65% use Facebook and 63% employers visit LinkedIn to screen candidate beyond traditional hiring process.

Though, the below infographic spills more beans about True and Lie side of applied candidates, here are few takeaways:

  • Salary claim is the highest inflated section by job applicants.
  • 33% Candidates boast about their job description in order to earn higher respect.
  • 45% of employers’ dig-down candidates’ social presence know more about candidate qualification.
  • Inappropriate/provocative photos or information on candidates social profiles are the main reason for them losing a job opportunity.


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