Study: 92 percent of college students lie on their résumés

But they fib less on LinkedIn profiles.


If you want a more accurate picture of a job candidate’s experience, take a gander at his or her LinkedIn page. According to researchers at Cornell University, people are less likely to lie about their past experience on the social network than they are in a traditional résumé.

From Internet Marketing Grind:

The study says that websites such as LinkedIn can lead to greater honesty when it comes to résumé claims such as experience and responsibilities. That’s because claims are more easily verified in a public, online setting, so liars are more likely to get caught.

But lying is still relatively common among job seekers, with 92 percent of respondents saying they’ve lied at least once on a résumé. The study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, followed 119 college students ages 18 to 22.

No word on how much college grads bend the truth on their résumés.

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