ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Have you ever lied on your resume? If so, it looks like you’re not the only one.
iprospectcheck.com conducted a survey asking job seekers how accurate their resume is. The average NY candidate admitted that their resume is only 72% accurate leaving 28% inaccurate, embellished, or made up. When these figures were analyzed across specific industries, those seeking jobs in finance had the lowest resume accuracy on average at 34%. Comparatively, those in real estate had the highest accuracy at 90%.
An interactive map showed Hawaii with the lowest percentage, where the average person’s resume is only 35% accurate. On the opposite end, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont average 90% of their resumes are accurate.
When asked which factor would be most likely inaccurate on their resume, 25% said it would be their previous job titles. 15% said it would be their level of experience and another 15% said their education and qualification would likely be embellished. Also, more than half (53%) said they believe lying on a resume should be illegal, given the seriousness of this when it comes to employment. And more than a quarter (28%) said they would be less likely to lie on a resume if artificial intelligence software was developed to test for inaccuracies.