Resume “Padding”

Resume padding is more common than you might think. So what is it?

Presenting false or misleading information about one’s education, work experience, credentials, job skills, or other important personal and/or professional data.

The following statistics come from a national survey conducted by CareerBuilder in 2015 among 2,532 hiring and human resource managers. More than half of employers (56%) have caught a lie on a resume. The most common areas around which job seekers lie are as follows:

Embellished Skill Sets – 62%

Embellished Responsibilities – 54%

Dates of Employment – 39%

Job Titles – 31%

Education – 28%


This should be a point of concern for any company motivating you start background checks on your job applicants. This will not only protect your business from risk, but save you money.