Peggy Payne has been working since age 12. In that time, she’s never lied on a resume.
“If I lie,” the Tampa Bay resident said, “I'm really going to have egg on my face."
Manhattan College basketball coach Steve Masiello might know the feeling. ESPN cites multiple sources in a report that the University of South Florida recently called off a deal to hire Masiello after it was discovered he didn’t graduate from the University of Kentucky as indicated on his resume.
Lindsay Roland, branch manager of a professional staffing service in Tampa called Robert Half, said stretching the truth on education is the second most common embellishment on a resume.
Roland backed that up with recent research from OfficeTeam that shows job duties are most lied about on resumes. Fifty-eight of applicants stretch the truth when it comes to job duties, according to the research. Forty-three percent of managers polled by OfficeTeam believe job seekers are dishonest of resumes.
"We use LinkedIn a lot, a professional social networking site. As far as criminal history, you can also find that online. There's just so much at your fingertips, that to lie on a resume, it's tough to get away with it, because you can find that information so easily,” Roland said.
She helps place about 200 job candidates per week in Tampa Bay.
"When you go to accept a position, many employers will have you sign an employment application,” she said. “Once you've done that, it's a legal, binding document. So, if you're stating that you worked somewhere and it comes back not true, there is a likely case you could lose your position because of that."
In Masiello’s case, a reported five-year contract worth about $6 million was killed.
"Truth will always come out,” said Payne, who is currently on the job hunt for an executive assistant position.