The 8 most common lies people put on resumes

How far are you willing to go to get a job? More than half of us admit to lying at some point on our resume – roughly 51% of women and 60% of men.

That could have been as many as 42.5 million people by 2022, according to a StandOut CV survey of more than 1,700 Americans. The resume service company questioned people who were employed or previously employed about lies on resumes, their references, or in job interviews.

Certain types of lies were particularly common, the survey found. Here are the most common resume lies and the percentage of people who admit them:

Prior Work Experience: 55.4% Skills: 43.1% College Degree (or equivalent): 41% Personal Information (Age, Location, Name): 39.5% High School Information: 39.2% Salary Information: 33.6% Job-specific software or equipment knowledge: 33.5% Job references: 21%

People in certain industries are also more likely to lie, notably manufacturing (72% said this is the case), healthcare (64%), and arts or other creative occupations (63%).

Some people may think selective omissions are lies, but older workers in particular may want to take steps to reduce the risk of age discrimination.

Listing untrue things, on the other hand, will likely backfire. Employers are well aware of the prevalence of lying and are given expert advice on how to detect lies.