Faking business experience is easy to research via social media
Gone are the days when people could totally invent a resume that couldn’t possibly be investigated by a potential employer. Obviously social media sites, such as personal websites and blogs or LinkedIn or Twitter and Facebook are now ideal places for a potential employer to fact-check your resume or CV. In fact, online is the very first place they’ll probably look to check out if you’re telling any big fat porkies.
While you may think it’s the the norm to fabricate, embellish or totally invent parts of your resume, reporting to a potential employer that you held a much higher position than you actually did, or that you worked for a company that you really didn’t are more often than not a most definite means of not getting a job.
Put simply, if a potential employer feels that you lied on your resume, they just will not hire you. Also, if you can’t do multiplication and you’ve told them you used to work for NASA then you’re going to be found out sooner rather than later. Or if you can’t mix drinks and tell them that you were Tom Cruise’s trainer for his role in the movie Cocktail, same deal…
Despite casually lying on their resumes, some people tend to be a bit more honest and truthful when it comes to posting on social media. It does not take much for an employer to google your name and find your personal blog, which will give away almost anything employers want to “really” know about you, but aren’t legally able to ask. So be as honest as you can, and resist the temptation to tell the world about your ability to drink a full bottle of tequila in one sitting, or your inability to fill out a spreadsheet. Remember that almost everything you post can potentially be seen by your potential boss so honesty is always the best policy. Unless you’ve got something serious to hide!