Did You Lie on Your Job Application or Resume?

     Making mistakes is one thing, but lying on your job application or your resume is not a good thing. In fact, if you are like many people, you think you can get away with a little fib here or there. After all, who is really going to check that information? Before you make the mistake of making yourself look good (or too good) on a resume, be sure you consider why you need to do this and why it could backfire on you.
Everyone Does It
     One of the biggest misconceptions about job applications and resumes is that no one really checks the information on them. You may believe that everyone does this, but you would be wrong. In fact, today, it can be very dangerous to do so. If you have embellished just a little bit, be ready to accept the fact that you may not get the job offer.
They Do Check
     Many companies have very strict policies in place for hiring. They have large hiring departments that are designed to have the time to do their homework on applicants. Because there is such a demand for employers to ensure that their employees remain safe on the job, it is critical that they take every step possible to ensure those they hire are telling the truth. They will use various tools both online and offline to learn about every job application they receive. This includes:
• Your identity 
• Your address and previous addresses 
• Your education, including where you went to school, when and what you studied 
• The type of licenses you have, if any 
• Your job history 
• Your credit history 
• Your driving record

     All of this information can be used to verify who you are. Though some states have specific limitations in place to limit what a potential employer can do with this information, they may still allow the employer to access it to verify who you are.
     What happens when the hiring manager finds out that you did not do the things you said you did? You guessed right. They will toss out your job application and your resume right along with it. If you lie to an employer now, as a potential employee, what is to stop you from lying to them again later? If you've made the mistake of believing that prospective employers do not do their homework on their applicants, it may be time to pull your job application and start over.
     Todd Bavol is the President and CEO of Integrity Staffing Solutions. Integrity Staffing Solutions is a national staffing firm assisting individuals and corporations in making the right employment fit. To view job openings in Warehouse, Professional and Administrative positions, visit the Integrity Staffing Solutions web site at http://www.integritystaffing.com.