Many people are tempted to lie in a job interview or on their CV…this is never a good idea!! Many companies conduct background checks, and the internet has made this even easier. and career expert Liz Ryan have created a list of the most common lies told, and how to avoid this dishonesty without missing out on a job offer.

• “Employment Gaps: Just because you weren’t getting paid for something doesn’t mean you weren’t being productive and gaining skills. If you volunteered or worked on your own projects, say, you should speak to those things on your resume, in a cover letter or in an interview.

• Misrepresentative Titles: “Job seekers need to lay claim to projects and results that may not have been in their formal job descriptions,” says Ryan. “Here’s an example. An office manager I know took on HR in her company after the HR coordinator left. The office manager’s title was never changed, but she took on responsibility for payroll, benefits and so on. She put all of that on her resume, and changed her title to ‘Office Manager (with HR responsibilities).’ That’s a perfectly good way for her to brand herself, because she hasn’t changed the title to something her old employer wouldn’t recognize or support.”

• Past Salaries: If you feel you were underpaid, Ryan says you should arm yourself with information about the salary you should be earning. For more salary-related information, see Monster’s salary tools.

• Skills: If you’re tempted to lie about having a technical skill, for instance, the right thing to do is clear: Gain that skill by enrolling in a class (or committing to learning it on your own). Then you’ll be able to explain to potential employers truthfully that you’re working on getting up-to-speed in that area. “

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