When it comes to writing our Resume we’re all guilty of bending the truth slightly in our favour. Nothing too dramatic of course, just a few little white lies here and there that will make us sound that bit more employable.
Here are a handful of some of the most common white lies that people put on their Resume. Actually let’s not call them lies…more like embellishing reality!
1) I have great communication skills.
What you really mean: I hate people, but I’m a wonderful actor.
2) I’m an extremely hardworking individual.
What you really mean: I need money, so I guess I’ll do what it takes.
3) I’m a team player.
What you really mean: As long as everyone agrees that my way is the best way.
4) I’m incredibly organised.
What you really mean: I have all my appointments recorded super efficiently in my diary…wait, WHERE is my diary?
5) I work well under pressure.
What you really mean: I’ll probably have a nervous break down the second a deadline approaches.
6) I’m fluent in French and Spanish.
What you really mean: I’m pretty efficient when it comes to ordering a beer on holiday.
7) I have experience in ______.
What you really mean: I use the term “experience” loosely. I’ve heard of it…
8) I’m willing to work overtime.
What you really mean: You better be paying me for every additional minute over my contracted hours.
9) I’m always willing to help others.
What you really mean: I once showed a new member of staff where the bathroom was.
10) I’m really enthusiastic and full of energy.
What you really mean: Just fuel me with coffee and I’m good to go…until 3pm…then I need chocolate.
11) I have a really good telephone manner.
What you really mean: By no means will you call me when an email will suffice.
12) I’m experienced in conducting thorough research.
What you really mean: Those Trip Advisor reviews didn’t read themselves ahead of that trip to Turkey last Summer…
13) I’m confident at delivering presentations.
What you really mean: Public speaking makes me turn into a sweaty mess and develop a stammer.
14) I’m always eager to learn new skills.
What you really mean: As long as it’s not going to take up any extra time outside of work hours.
15) I’m full of ambition.
What you really mean: Whatever pays the bills.
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