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Resume Writing: Exaggerated Resumes

When writing out your resume, you can often feel as if you don't have the qualifications that are likely to make you be the best possible candidate for the job. You could feel like there are several other candidates out there who are likely to be perfect matches for the job and because of this insecurity, you may feel as if you need to exaggerate your skills on your resume so that you will appear more attractive to prospective employers. This is something which you need to avoid. Exaggerating on your resume means that you are selling a false view of yourself and this is something which will certainly be discovered. That will eventually reflect very poorly on you.

How Do Typical Exaggerations Happen?

Most people feel that they need to pad their resumes by making their qualifications or skills more detailed than they actually are. This can mean exaggerating how long a certain position was held, the duties of that position or even achievements, which were made while in that position. While all of these details can make you look great on paper, these are details, which can quickly be exposed as fraudulent.

Some people will even lie outright when it comes to exaggerating on their resume. This can be even worse for it exposes you as a liar and that will hurt any standing you may have with a company, who is looking to hire. Instead of worrying about your lack of qualifications, you will do better to focus on the ways where you can make what qualifications you do have stand out even more. This creativity can prove to be a good thing for any manager in the hiring position to see.

Making Your Resume Look Good Without Exaggerating

The best resume will be the one, which has a full and detailed list of qualifications and experience. If you do not have those things; however, you can still make your resume look great, although it may require a little work and creativity. Look at the job positions you have formerly held in the past and consider all of the ways in which your training and qualifications on those jobs improved your set of skills. List those additional skills, even if they may not be the obvious ones which come to mind. They are still experiences that you have had which enriched you as a worker.

Additionally, you should have a great deal of confidence when composing your resume. This confidence will come through on the resume and you will be able to use this to your advantage to make sure that you prove that you can be the right person for the job. An employer would much rather see a fully honest employee, one who can be upfront about their limitations. You can also use these limitations as your strengths, showing how they will make you work even harder to achieve success. Through this dedication, you will be able to make a lasting impression without feeling the need to exaggerate on your resume.

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