Lying on Your Resume

Lying on your resume is a very bad idea. Some software engineers can call it enhancing, polishing or refactoring, but all managers and human resources folks call it lying. In an effort to stand out from the IT crowd, some software engineers will stretch the truth and claim the skills they do not have. Just because Java software developer has an experience with Hibernate library, it doesn’t make the developer qualifying to work on MyBatis. If manual QA Testers have played with Selenium in advance of the interview, it doesn’t make sense to add Selenium skills to QA Tester resume. If UNIX systems administrator set up a few Windows 7 machines for his kids to play StarCraft II, he still could manage only UNIX machines in production environments and should not enhance his resume with the knowledge of Windows platform.

In the same time the job seeker could consider limiting software engineer resume to just the important facts and provide the information on the "need-to-know" basis. What if you are currently hold an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), known popularly as a "work permit", and the job description for the Senior Java Developer matching your skills routinely mentions that “Only US Citizens or Green Card holders will be considered”? I would leave aside the legal side of the story, because technically this is unfair immigration-related employment practice, the recruiter or employer cannot requests different documents than are required or rejects documents the employee chooses to present for employment eligibility verification. As long as you're willing to fight for your right, your EAD card should not present an issue. Rather than listing your EAD card, list just "legally authorized to work for any employer". Recruiters or employers don't really need your documents for anything anyway until they send out offer paperwork with I-9 form.

How about another example, when an experienced Java Software Developer wants to relocate to Silicon Valley and found a dream job, but the company looks for local candidates only. Most likely the reason is that this company does not want to pay for an interview travel expenses, or the possible relocation expenses. If Java Software Developer is willing to pay for all travel and relocation expenses, why he needs to include the full address in the software developer resume. When the recruiter or manager call to schedule on site interview, that's when Java Software Developer should tell the truth: that you're actually not moving to Silicon Valley for another couple months, but there is a plan to be there in one week.

As you can see, you don't really need to lie in the resume.

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