A new study reports to find that millennials are most willing to lie on their resumes to prospective employers.
The survey, released this month by career consulting company Zippia, claimed to have spoken to more than 1,000 people about their resume-writing habits.
According to the survey, people with only a high school degree are most likely to lie on their resumes. 27 percent of High school-only grads said they lied on a resume. 18 percent of college grads also said they lied, while only 11 percent of those with advanced degrees said they had lied on a resume.
The age breakdown is most interesting. Apparently, millennials admit to lying on resumes the most.
“Millennials lie the most on their resumes, while Gen Z’ers just “bend the truth” and people over 45 follow the straight and narrow,” Zippia said.
“18% of 23 to 39-year-olds admit to outright lying on their resume,” the company added. “This makes millennials the most likely to lie on their resume. Meanwhile, 41% of Gen Z’ers only “bend the truth.” The most honest age group? Those over 45 only lie 7% of the time. Next we moved on to education level.”
1). 30% of people have lied or “bent the truth” on their resume
2). Men are 6% more likely to lie on their resume than women.
3). While men lie more, men and women lie about the same things.
4). People are most likely to lie about work experience, followed by technical skills.
5). High school graduates are the most 10% more likely to lie on their resume than drop-outs or the more highly educated.
6). People with graduate degrees or higher are the least likely to lie.
7). 80% of people who lie on their resume are never found out.
The company also said that most people are never caught lying on a resume. But, naturally, the company does not recommend that anyone lie on a resume.
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