“Hey, everybody lies on their resumes, okay?”
That’s what Joey Tribianni said on Friends, who in another episode also said, “You say yes to everything in an audition and figure out how to do it later.” That was one of the biggest life lessons we ever got from the amazing show.
Although it can land us in trouble, sometimes, it can also land us our dream job. So, what’s the harm, right?
Sometimes, it’s okay to lie on your resume and your interview about a skill or expertise you think you can later learn and excel in, if it means you can land a job.
I mean, we all have lied about having “hands-on knowledge” of advanced Excel or boasted about being fluent in a language that we took four classes of or winning an interstate competition in school. Admit it.
Well, some people on Reddit confessed to how they not only beautified their resume but also bagged the job because of it.
The conversation began after someone asked, “People who lied in their resume and actually got the job they were unqualified for, what ended up happening?”
Here are some of the best stories of people for whom lying on the resume worked in their favour. Take a look:
"This was back in early 90's. Changed my GPA/grades to get to the minimum required on interim transcript. Got the job. Launched my career. 100% worth it. 0% regrets."2. Who Else Ignored Excel In School?
"Said I could do pivot tables. Had a very basic knowledge of Excel. Got the job and literally never had to do a pivot table. Picked up a lot just by playing around with Excel too."3. Class Of 2020 Who Graduated From ‘Google University’ Can Relate
"Lied my way into my first IT job and Googled everything. I now manage an IT company and am the senior technician."4. Learn What You Lied About By The Time They Figure Out You Lied
"I said I was proficient in software I had never used before. When I got asked for an interview, I learned enough to BS my way through. When I got the job, I spent the next two weeks learning the shit out of that software. 6 years of using it all day every day, and training other people how to use it, I'd say I did pretty good."5. Joey Did It Before It Was Cool
"I got an insultingly small raise for speaking a second language, and since none of my bosses spoke Spanish, they never figured out that my skill level was comparable to that of a toddler. All of our Hispanic customers found it adorable."
This is literal proof that all you need to be successful in life is no skill or training or expertise but unwavering confidence.
The confidence to lie through your teeth and the confidence in yourself that you will do well in your job despite lacking the requirement at the time.