According to a recent survey from LendEDU, “34% of respondents lie to some degree on their LinkedIn profiles.” Of those admitting dishonesty, 11 percent confess, “My profile is almost entirely made up of things I have never done.”
On a positive note, 64 percent of those surveyed say they were completely honest when completing their profiles. Cold comfort, perhaps.
So, what are people lying about on their profiles?
The “Skills” section topped the list, with 55 percent of those surveyed saying this is the section they falsified. Following that were “The dates for my work experience,” “My work experience” and “Educational accomplishments.”
Why is it that so many are lying about their “Skills”?
From the survey:
There is no surefire way to verify that a candidate actually has the skills that he or she claims. Meanwhile, a simple phone call to prior companies or academic institutions will either expose a candidate as a liar or confirm his or her claims.