Honest Strategies For Employees At Getting Ahead Instead Of Lying In Their Resumes

Companies are growing increasingly savvy in ferreting out resume cheaters through more comprehensive background checks conducted both during pre- and post-hire. Instead of lying in the resume, employees can resort to more ethical strategies to address issues they are facing.

JOB-HOPPING

Combine two or more similar positions under one heading.
For example:
– Sales Representative
– ABC Company and DEF Company (02/07 – 04/09)

Use your cover letter to explain work history with a positive spin on your circumstances. Also, do indicate your interest in a long-term position.

FILING IN THE ‘GAPS’ IN THE RESUME

Returning to the workforce after an extended absence, show how you’ve kept up-to-date with changes in your industry. Compile ‘activities’ to fill that “void time period” … (Experiences relevant to your job target).
For example:
– Volunteer activities;
– Community involvement / special projects;
– Consulting engagements, and
– Continuing Education

Draw attention to your selling points and downplay your work chronology.
For example:
– Out of work because you had raised a family, continued your education, cared for a sick family member or recovered from an injury. Be sure your tone is not apologetic.

MINIMAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Read as many job openings as possible to evaluate the skills and experiences employers find desirable. Incorporate your matching credentials into your resume. Ask your former employer or colleagues to supply you with written reference letters. Consider including a positive quote from the reference letter in the Qualification’s Summary or Experience section.

LACK-OF OR INCOMPLETE COLLEGE DEGREES

Highlight the experience and skills you have, instead of feeling inadequate due to lack or incomplete college degrees. Of course, the challenge is there as some postings require knowledge and skills obtained from the qualification. Show the employer a sincere interest to complete the degree or to pick up part time classes to better equip oneself in terms of educational knowledge. (But make sure you go ahead and keep up the undertaking!)

LAYOFFS AND DOWNSIZING – BEING FIRED

Don’t write the reason for leaving on your resume but do use the cover letter to explain your circumstances.

HAVING A CRIMINAL/CREDIT RECORD

Whether it’s an unfortunate criminal conviction, poor credit score, age, or certain disability, there are some things we cannot change about ourselves although the law is against using those things to reject applicants. Although obtaining more experience, licenses or degrees is possible, but you cannot change a genetic trait or go back into the past and undo a mistake you made.

That leaves one with little choice, but to mention the criminal charge and the circumstances under which it was committed. Especially for offenses that took place at a very young age. At times, employers will appreciate honesty rather than having to find out about it through screening and may consider offering you the job. In fact, most often than not, if the candidate was merely arrested or caught or charged but later discharged with no action taken, mention the facts of the circumstances … ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ or ‘was mistakenly arrested’ or ‘wrongfully suspected’, etc.