/ Asked by David
What are you thoughts on stretching the truth on a resume?
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Monday, February 18, 2013
I will assume you are referring to your capabilities, so I'll answer your question that way.

Personally I would hate to be chosen for a job, set expectations to successfully complete something, potentially harm my professional reputation because I stretched the truth and was unable to succeed in delivering the results expected.  I would rather be upfront and candid (and humble) about what I have not yet done/experienced but display all the ways I would expect to succeed if given the chance.

In addition, many times employers look for someone who will be enthusiastic, engaged and motivated to move into a role where there are new things to learn.
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Be prepared to back-up everything that you write on your resume. If you can’t explain/elaborate/or provide an example, it shouldn’t be included.
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
i think it is important on a resume to note the accomplishments and job accountabilities that you were responsible for each of the jobs you had. You should not stretch any qualifications on your resume. It is important on an interview to be able to communicate and articulate your potential to do the job responsibilites.
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, February 22, 2013
The general rule of thumb is to only include information on your resume that can be backed up with examples of work experience and successes and also verified in a reference/background check. However, I’m sensing your real question may be deeper than that and there is something specific you may be trying to accomplish? There are situations when some people have major gaps on their resume, stints of job hopping (maybe while in HS or college or working contract), questionable jobs or jobs that are no longer verifiable because the employer has gone out of business that need to be cared for. Some acceptable examples I’ve seen that care for things like that include:
o A functional resume that calls out your skills in bullets as the meat of the resume, with a small section at the bottom that bullets your relevant job history.
o Grouping jobs together that are all in the same industry or same type of job. Example:
     Wait Staff/Server for Various Companies (can add more description such as, “while working through school”)
     “hostess, server or wait staff” in the entertainment industry as opposed to “exotic dancer.”
Again, be smart about listing information that is verifiable and that you can speak to if asked and don’t ever lie on your resume or application. At some point, the truth comes out and while the truth may not have been bad enough to not get you hired in the first place, lying will certainly cost you the job if/when it’s discovered.
Good luck!
Answered by Deanna, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I believe that it is important to be factual and truthful in a resume.  In fact, I usually suggest to people to quantify accomplishments where possible, which would base experiences in actual facts, decreasing the ability to "stretch" the truth even if you wanted to.  If your interest in stretching the truth is because you feel you would not be competitive otherwise, then consider if you are truly a fit for the position. 
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