By Corinne Bernstein, eWeek
On the train the other day, I overheard one rider asking another if it was OK to fib a little—or at least embellish the truth—on a resume. As the train rattled quickly and loudly to my stop, I missed the response, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the question. Lying on a resume isn’t illegal, but it’s certainly unethical and grounds for dismissal for those who get caught—not to mention embarrassing for the companies that hired them. The tech sector hasn’t been immune to resume scandals. The resume flap last year concerning the credentials of Scott Thompson, ex-CEO of Yahoo, certainly didn’t help the company’s image. How honest are most IT pros about their credentials? Stretching the truth is common, according to a recent survey conducted by TEKsystems. The technology staffing firm found that 63 percent of IT professionals and 77 percent of IT leaders said most IT resumes exaggerate job seekers’ work experience. What’s more, 35 percent of IT leaders and 39 percent of IT pros say most IT resumes contain “outright lies,” the study showed.