The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a recent study found people who use the professional network LinkedIn are less likely to lie about big things on resumes they post there, as compared with traditional resumes.
People want to make themselves look better and the study says websites lead to greater honesty in some areas. When it comes to job responsibilities and years of experience, for instance, it’s easier to verify those points publicly online, the research group said.
But when it comes to other areas, such as personal interests, people “still found ways to make themselves look better,” said Jamie Guillory, a graduate student and lead author of the study.
As the study noted, it’s more difficult to check out someone’s claims to be involved in hobbies and interests.
Here’s another interesting point the study found: Overall, The AP reported, “lies were common no matter what resume format people used. On average, the study’s participants, all college students, lied nearly three times in their profile. About 92 percent of the participants lied at least once and the highest number of lies they told was eight. But Guillory said these were not so much ‘outright lies,’ such as making up false information, but more like exaggerations or leaving things out.”
Learn more about this study by going to http://tinyurl.com/82wvj5h and more about how to properly prepare a resume by reading Samantha Nolan’s Dear Sam column in KNOWIT.NEWSOK.COM/CAREERS-OKLAHOMA.