15 White Lies We’re All Guilty of Telling on Our Resume

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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