Monday, December 31, 2007

Introduction

Are you tired of applying for jobs and never getting a response? Are you frustrated because employers won't contact you for interviews? Do you feel overwhelmed about your job search? Are you tired of wasting hours signing up with online job boards with nothing to show for your efforts or money?
Guess what....Over 53% of job seekers lie on their resumes. Over 70% of college graduates admit to lying on their resumes to get hired. Can you afford not to know the techniques, tricks and methods they use?
Chances are you're sick and tired of the job hunt and not getting call backs for interviews. You KNOW you can do all the things listed for the jobs that you apply for but for whatever reason you get ignored. There’s something on your resume that’s missing or that immediately gets your resume tossed in the trash. As an executive recruiter for years, I’ve read literally thousands of resumes and learned what things hiring companies look for in resumes and MORE importantly what things will get you excluded! Do you know what glaring weaknesses exist in your resume that you could beef up?
You may be saying to yourself, that that adding things to your resume is wrong and unethical. Now in this post Enron, post World Com era it sure doesn’t seem like corporate America is too concerned with ethics. Every week yet another corporate scandal erupts on the front page of the news. People’s retirement plans are wiped out after having worked almost 20 years. Just recently I read how one large Airline renegotiated the pension plans of their flight attendants. When the dust settled someone who was told they were going to get $1,800 per month was told that they’d now be getting less then $900. The executives that were interviewed didn’t seem too concerned about the lack of ethics they displayed in cutting out the guts of the retirement of loyal employees that worked thousands of hours based upon a promise made to them.
How about all the people that work overtime UNPAID and then get laid off right before the Holidays?!?! Perhaps you're one of those people that have worked more hours then you needed to and have handled more job responsibilities then what you were originally hired for? How many wedding anniversaries have you missed, how many Little League games have you missed, how many birthdays did you miss because you were being a loyal ethical employee putting in the extra time to help the company. Then you were laid off or passed over for the big promotion you were expecting.
How ethical is it for companies to expect you to work like a slave and then treat you like dirt? Perhaps your loyalty should be to yourself, your family and your friends that look out for you and take care of you. Gone are the days when you could put in your time and count on having job security. The 21st century is all about cost cutting, outsourcing and quarterly profits.
Sorry but you and I don’t fit into the equation other than as a method to squeeze out even more work out of us like a juicer squeezes every last bit of juice out of an Orange. Have you ever seen what an Orange looks like after it’s been put through a high powered professional juicer? Let me tell you, it’s NOT pretty!
What toll is your current job taking on your health? Do you realize the toll on your health that staying in your job is taking on you? Consider these facts:
* "25% of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives."
(Northwestern National Life)
* "75% of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago."
(Princeton Survey Research Associates)
* "Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stress factor--more so than even financial problems or family problems."
(St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.)
* Researchers have identified something called the Black Monday Phenomenon. More fatal heart attacks occur on Monday morning at around 9:00AM than at any other time of the week. No other living creature dies on one day more than another, but we humans seem unhappy enough with our work that it literally breaks our heart. Research shows that sudden death occurs at the beginning of the work week not only because of the extra physical exertion that comes from the stress of transitioning from the weekend couch to the Monday rush hour but because of the emotional distress of returning to a job that brings and gives too little happiness.
Hiring Managers Think You're Lying Anyway! The majority of human resources managers assume that EVERYONE embellishes, exaggerates, puffs up and basically lies to some extent on your resume. So if you're being totally honest you're being penalized because they're going to assume that you embellished your resume to a certain extent!
As an executive recruiter (Headhunter) for several years I would read literally hundreds of resumes each week in hope of finding the “perfect” candidate for my client. As time passed I was amazed at how many people I caught in outright lies on their resume. Ranging from blatantly NOT having the required skills needed to lying about have a particular college degree. Personally I found it fool hardy to lie about something you can’t figure out how to bullshit your way through. For example, don’t lie about having knowledge of some particular software programming language if you’re not well versed in it. Now, if you’re familiar with it and can get up to speed rapidly once you have the job, by all means go ahead and pad your resume.
It's amazing how rigid and myopic employers can be about their job requirements. Many times I had the ideal candidate who didn’t have the required experience listed on his/her resume despite the fact the candidates previous history was relevant enough for him/her to do the job in a very competent fashion. As my experience grew, so did my ability to deduce that many of my smarter applicants were lying on their resumes to get the job. They were smart about the way they lied in that they only lied about things they could back up.
Your resume might not get you the job but it can certainly lose it for you. You've Got Less Then 10 seconds To Make the Cut! From the Forbes.com web site: "Many job listings generate hundreds of resumes, and the initial screen is keyed to selected degrees or job titles. It's done manually or by computer, and up-or-down decisions are often made in a few seconds. Candidates without the needed key words or titles on their résumé land in the reject heap." Either your resume is a PERFECT match with what the hiring manager is looking for or you IMMEDIATELY end up in the trash can! NOW do you think adding the RIGHT key words and degree might make a difference to getting the job you want? The other question to ask yourself is if you do add the magic words, selected degrees or job titles, do you know how to do it without getting caught?
Here are some of the secrets you will learn in this powerful guide!
* How to fill the gaps in your employment history
* Fool proof methods to add experience to your resume
* The best way to get fake references
* Why the amount you can lie and get away with is tied to your age
* Why even if you don't lie hiring managers will assume that your resume is exagerated
* The 4 things Human Resources departments can LEGALLY ask
* The main reason good liars get job offers and honest people don't!
* How to get College transcripts from ANY University with any GPA you want!
* How to determine when you should NOT lie!
* Things you must never put in your resume!
* Why most cover letters get your resume trashed before it ever gets read!
* Why you should NEVER divulge your salary history to a prospective employer
* What to do if if the job you're applying for requires your past W-2's
* Interview mistakes that will kill your chances of getting the job
* How to rig your resume so it gets picked by the new automated Human Resources systems
* Why you should never fax or mail your resume
* The 3 types of job hunters and which one usually gets the job (It's not the one that you think)
* Why you should lie on your resume but NOT on a job application (hint: it's a legal reason)
* Why you can't afford not to lie on your resume
The Fake Resume Guide can help you get the great high paying job you want by helping you lie on your great resume. Everyone else is doing it, shouldn't you?

1) Why Fake Your Resume?

Have you ever been passed over for a job despite the fact you KNEW you could’ve done the job in a stellar fashion? Are you frustrated because you never got a college degree yet do the EXACT same job as someone who does and you get paid thousands of dollars less? Have you been hampered from moving up in the professional world because you lacked the “right” job title despite the fact your employment experience was exactly what the job description listed? If this describes you then perhaps it’s time you wrote a fake resume.
What exactly is a fake resume? Basically, a fake resume is one in which a specific alteration of your employment history is made in order to deceive a human resources person or hiring authority in order to get hired. This means that the fabrication is in the resume itself as well any supporting documents that you include with the resume, cover letters, salary information and references.
Why write a fake resume? There are many legitimate reasons for writing a fake resume. Perhaps your current job title didn't properly convey all the duties or responsibilities that you had. Maybe you were unemployed for a period of time. Everyone knows that doesn't look good on your resume. Did you assist a manager who was incompetent and you made them look good on the job? Better yet, YOU did their job but for whatever reason, perhaps because of nepotism you could never get promoted to their job. Out of frustration you quit but now you CAN’T put that fools job title as your own despite the fact that YOU did his/her job! Worse yet due to jealousy or animosity because you quit and now for the first time they HAVE to do their own work they won’t give you a good reference.
Can this be considered lying? Perhaps, but don't you deserve a shot a job you know you can do? What about your prospective employer’s honesty? How open and honest are they to their employees and future employees? Anyone who’s read the newspaper or watched the evening news has witnessed the lack of integrity that runs rampant in today’s corporate world.
In my experience very few employers will fully reveal any unpleasant details affecting the positions they advertise. I had a candidate that lived in New York and I recruited for a startup in California. He and I were both assured that this start up was financially stable and had enough cash flow at the current burn rate to stay in business three years. I personally spoke with the Chief Financial Officer to question him about the long term stability of the client. I wasn’t about to have a person give up their life and move away from family and friends for something that wasn’t reasonably stable. Based on the assurance given me and my candidate by the CFO, he accepted the job, gave up his rent controlled apartment in New York and moved to California. About 12 weeks later he and half of the company were unceremoniously laid off. I couldn’t begin to explain how devastated I was when I learned of this disaster. After all this man gave up his life due in large part because I convinced him to move all the way across the country for the job. He ended up suing the company but I never learned what happened or heard from the man again. After that debacle I never again looked at corporate America in the same manner.
Perhaps your future boss or co-workers are complete bastards. Perhaps they know that the division you’ll be working for will soon be eliminated, or perhaps the entire corporation is in financial trouble and will soon be laying off large numbers of employees. In cases like these, you can bet that the hiring corporation will seldom let issues like fairness and morality get in their way--they need to fill the job and get on with their business. It’s a sad fact that corporations are seldom completely honest when it comes to the information that an applicant needs to make an intelligent decision about the desirability of the position. It seems very hypocritical for a prospective employer to insist on applicants being
entirely honest while they regularly conceal relevant job details.
Perhaps you read a help-wanted ad and the job seems perfect for you. You seem perfect for it too. You have got all the qualifications they're asking for. Oh, wait. What does that say? Hmmm. They want someone who has experience with that. “Well, I can do that,” you think to yourself. “I just haven't done it before. But, I'm sure I can learn.” Most of us have had thoughts like this float through our minds. However, each of us may choose a different course of action. Let's take a few examples:
* Job Searcher A says: “Oh well. I guess I don't qualify for this job.” He or she moves onto the next help wanted ad.
* Job Searcher B says: “O.K., so I don't have the experience they're asking for. I can just make something up. After all the last company I worked for isn't in business anymore. This new one will never find out what I did or didn't do there." Job Searcher #2 is just a few keystrokes away from adding fictional responsibilities to his or her resume.
* Job Searcher C says: “It's obvious I don't have the experience they want but I do know I can easily pick up the skills I need to do the job. The only thing I can do is take a chance and apply for the job anyway. I'll use my cover letter to explain that I don't have the required skills but I am willing to do whatever is necessary to acquire them. I'll explain that I do have related skills. What have I got to lose anyway?”
You have 30 Seconds to Grab Their Attention! Resumes are all about presentation. Some hiring manager is going to scan your resume and make a determination in about 30 seconds or less, whether or not you're qualified. After all, if you don't get to the interview, you can't possibly land the job, right?
The bottom line is if you know you can do the job, then why shouldn't you fluff up your resume a bit? We all know many people who have held jobs that they were not qualified to have. Yet there they were day in and day out collecting big paychecks while other people corrected their frequent mistakes. This guide will teach you how to take your real life experience and embellished on them so you get the job you deserve.

2) How widespread is fraud and lying on resumes

Were you ever beaten out of a job because a competitor padded his resume?
Let’s go to the stats:
* In a poll of 150 hiring executives at large companies, the execs estimated that nearly 30 percent of all job candidates fudge on their résumés.
*Patricia Gillette, a San Francisco lawyer who has investigated hundreds of resumes while defending companies against former employees says, "Probably 90 percent of the time, people lie on their resume. We figure that means 60 percent of the job force lies and gets away with it.”
* Surveys by Edward Andler, author of "The Complete Reference Checking Handbook", indicate that as many as one-third of all resume writers exaggerate their accomplishments, while up to 10 percent "seriously misrepresent" their background or work histories.
* “Hire Right” statistics show that 80 percent of all resumes are misleading, 20 percent state fraudulent degrees, 30 percent show altered employment dates, 40 percent have inflated salary claims, 30 percent have inaccurate job descriptions, 25 percent list companies that no longer exist, and 27 percent give falsified references * Some statistics state that if you reviewed 100 resumes, a whopping 75 percent of them would reveal a "fib, fallacy or some outright lie.

3) How a prospective employer sees your resume

Questions that reviewers and screeners ask as they review your resume - You would be well advised to review this list and amend your resume accordingly.
1. Did the applicant tailor his/her resume for this position, or does the applicant seem to sending out mass mailings?
2. Is the applicant's education relevant and sufficient for position?
3. Is the applicant's educational background relatively current?
4. Throughout his/her work experience, has the applicant enriched and updated his/her education and work experience with additional classes, retreats, seminars, workshops or conferences?
5. Does the applicant have sufficient background experience to qualify for position?
6. Has the applicant bounced from school to school or from job to job?
7. Does the applicant's resume cover all of the job requirements mentioned in the job announcement?
8. Is there anything that the applicant has left out?
9. Has the applicant included any items on his/her resume that demonstrate that the applicant is a self-starter, shows future promise or initiative?
10. Has the applicant proven through past experience and education his/her competency in the required focus of this job?
11. Has the applicant listed all required licenses or certificates?
12. Has the applicant been inconsistent in the format of his/her resume? Are there omitted dates, descriptions, references, etc., for some positions but not for others?
13. Has the applicant stressed irrelevant abilities? (Example: applicant stresses management skills when position requires engineering skills)?
14, Does the applicant have gaps in his/her job history that are unexplained?
15. Has the applicant been involved in community, school or volunteer activities? (Important for employees entering the job market for the first time or those who have been out of the job market for a while).
16. Does the applicant's resume reflect both depth and variety of experience?
17. Is the applicant's resume neat and complete?
18. Does the applicant appear to be over qualified?
19. Is the resume believable or does the applicant appear to be padding his/her accomplishments?
26 things that will raise red flags and trigger questions - The way information is conveyed, or not conveyed, can send up certain "red flags" to the employer that indicates that something may be amiss. While discovery of a red flag may not warrant passing-over an applicant, the prudent screener will generally ask additional questions before making a final decision on the application.
1. A dated employment that all starts and ends on exact beginning of the multi year why January 1st December 1st so on so forth.
2. You can take a company that has recently merge with another big company and say that you're applying records were lost a in the merge which is very common occurrence. When companies merge, many personnel departments that maintain the records are laid of and keeping things together as a result can get confusing. Therefore if you can write down that your previous employer merged with another corporation, and there’s been some delay in getting your records or verification, you can buy yourself sometime.
3. Another good way of putting down that you had experience is to saying that you are a volunteer somewhere. That way you don't have to produce any paychecks or W-2s. Call around town to
volunteer organizations and find out if there are any departments that might have people with skill sets that you're interviewing for. The American Red Cross s has a history of using computer programmers. It's highly likely that you can put them down on your resume that you did work there. It’s an easy way for you to add some experience on your resume but powerful because you did the work for free makes you look like a damn good person.
4. If you're going to write down that you're self-employed don't get too carried away about all the skills the job you had all a wonderful experience. Remember, if they feel that you're too good to be true their red flags will pop up into my start to dig deeper or doubt your whole resume. If you write that you were self-employed keep it basic, and keep it believable.
5. On the older jobs you held, feel free to put down references and positions that are completely made up, since many people do retire often out of the older companies.
6. Make sure that the company that you say you worked for in the past it is similar business of the line that you're hiring for now are trying to get a job for and now. Human resources people generally prefer hiring prospective candidates that came from a similar industry from similar companies even competitive companies preferably. Therefore if you’re making up a company that you supposedly worked for, make sure that you pick a company that they feel is similar to the one you’re interviewing for.
7. Don't be too carried away in use references or supervisors that no have forwarding address or aren't reachable. Human resources people will smell a rat and start digging deeper into your resume. Try to avoid doing this if at all possible. If you're going to use bogus references, it's OK to have one or two who are no longer reachable. Preferably, have a few friends in place who will give stellar recommendations for you.
8. Carefully examine functional resumes. Functional resumes can be used to hide gaps in employment because they do not tie skills learned to specific jobs. The functional resume is often used to mask someone who is jumps from job to job or has a difficult time holding on to a position.
9. Are suspected salary needs comparable to the job? Based on the applicant's background, will he/she have salary expectations that are substantially higher than your organization may be able to pay? Would the applicant be taking a big pay cut? Why? Would the new position be a great leap in pay? If so, can the candidate justify it by his/her qualifications?
10. Lookout for clutter. Some applicants may try to pad or embellish their resume or application with incidental hobbies, activities and experience not related to the position being applied for, to cover deficiencies in their work record.
11. Watch out for neatness and completeness. If an applicant does not take the time to make sure that his/her application is complete and without mistakes, it may indicate that he/she will not be attentive to details on the job either.
12. Does the applicant take too much credit? Watch out for applicants who assume full credit for a project that was probably undertaken by several staff people.
13. Does the applicant use vague generalities to describe his/her work or does he/she tie statements to specific verifiable projects?
14. Watch out for an inconsistent career path. Has the applicant made many of lateral moves, changed professions several times or stayed at his past positions for short periods of time? What reasons are given for leaving previous positions?
15. The lazy way to match your resume to the job description for the company is in a bulleted list of experiences. Don't just sit down with the job description and copy it directly into your resume. If you're bloated list doesn't match your previous job experiences were job history you will raise many red flags. It is anything that doesn't make sense in your resume make sure you explained it in your cover letter.
16. Job responsibilities and can be faked easily. Keep in mind that the larger the company you worked in the more specific you're job description will need to be. If you were to smaller company perhaps a startup, then it will be believable that you held down many responsibilities and had to experience to multiple tasks.
17. Many times a prospect of employer will determine you're level responsibility based upon your salary compensation. So before you put yourself as a manager, or supervisor, make sure you do some research on the salaries for the positions for the level of responsibility in your geographical area. Salary.com is just one of the great many sites where you can get an exact salary compensation guide based on job skill set and the zip code.
18. Many managers pride themselves on using gut intuition or instinct to determine if you're lying or telling the truth whether it is on a resume or during your interview. This is why your resume should be fanciful. You're responsibilities should be close or match exactly your job description or title. Your salary should be in line with your title.
19. Take time to learn the common terms or buzzwords of the industry or company that you're applying for. Sometimes just knowing the right terms and job specific terminology is enough to make it past the interviewer. Of course this wouldn't apply to being a plastic surgeon or engineer. However, if you know the proper terminology, and had the educational background to match what they are looking for, you will ace the interview.
20. Make sure that your experience and educational background makes make sense. Certifications, degrees and other training must correlate to whatever experience you claim to have.
21. You may be asked for documentation, which proves what qualifications, licenses, course, completions, certifications, diplomas or job evaluations you may have. Your prospective employer may called your former employer directly and ask about the accuracy of the claim to the documents you have. A smart prospective employer will asked to see the original of any documentation have as opposed two copies. With a good laser printer you can forge just about anything you need.
22. Licensing information such as a real estate license can be verified by checking the licensing agency. Don't forge any paperwork or document it can easily be verified. You are just asking to be caught if you do.
23. Here are a few of the things that companies may ask for.
* Paycheck stubs.
* Employment contracts.
* Business cards.
* Income tax returns.
* Letters of employment.
* Work documents from the company you worked for describing what you did for them.
24. Sometimes human resources people will ask the names of your co-workers who might be able to verify that you worked at that particular company. In some extreme circumstances human resources might ask these people to verify what documentation their company requires for hiring.
25. You might be required to show your knowledge required to do the job.
* They will give you a written test asking questions pertaining to your particular skill set experience level that you should have. So be ready for it.
* Many times a company will have a technical interview on the phone with you, to determine if you actually have the knowledge of the skill sets necessary.
* Very often human resources people will speak to people in the same profession who how the skill set that are interviewing for.
26. If you're interviewing for a manager position, you’ll probably be asked questions about the projects and responsibility that you held as well as your previous accomplishments. This is not the time to brag about how awesome you are. Now is a time for you to build more credibility and show how you would add value to the company based on your previous successes. If you write in your resume that you were part of particular project for a division, make sure that you have your details straight. You'll need to know in-depth knowledge of the project, how many people were on the team, what the budget for your project was, what division as well as whether or not it was a success and why. If you are vague, and lack any details in your management experience, suspicions will arise. Make sure you have knowledge of why the project was successful, did save money, did save turnover, did improve procedure, and anything like that. The more details you how, the more convincing you'll sound. Make sure that if you are taking credit for something that they can't look it up in any public records, press releases, or any other documentation available to public. Sometimes companies will call your previous employer and ask them and details about your responsibilities and your successful projects.

4) Fine tuning your resume

What is tuning? Tuning happens when the job seeker changes their resume to reflect a closer match with the job description. One "tunes" the resume to reflect the desired skill set or a closer match to the desired skill set. Tuning can also be described as "reaching". This is where a person takes on the persona of someone one level higher. Since the individual is familiar with the responsibilities and lingo of people one level higher in the organization, it is common practice for the resume to reach and represent a skill set one notch higher. "Shading" is another synonym for "Tuning". The truth for many people is the color gray versus black or white. One example of Shading is when "six months" of experience turns into "almost a year" of experience.
Computer industry tuning examples:
* One scripting language experience is turned into another - Perl turns into Java script/VB Script, since "scripting" is all the same - NOT (also refer to the article called - The cost of covert on-the-job training)
* SAP skills turning into Peoplesoft or Baan skills and vice versa
* Sybase skills turning into Microsoft SQL
* 5 out of 6 skills are real, but one skill is padding
* The opening is for a senior level - a person with six months actual experience talks their way through the interview process as a person with 2 years experience, but can't deliver the results
* New technology buzzword trap - the interviewer needs competence in the skill to find out the candidate's competency. If the knowledge is something cutting edge, the chance that one would get found out is limited. For example - XML experience is still quite rare, so tests might not be out yet that cover that space and it is guaranteed that engineering management would not have the hands-on XML experience!
* C++ turns into Java - a person is hired at $125/hr as a Java programmer. Well it turns out that the person is actually a good C++ programmer, but puffed up the resume to appear like there were Java skills and got through the interview process without being detected, since the candidate had read a book on Java programming. Now this person is trying to get the job done, but isn't delivering at the speed expected for the wage being paid. In this instance, if the resume had been time stamped and stored in a central repository, it would have been obvious that there was no Java expertise, but strong C++ expertise. The hiring company could then have decided to provide the overt training for the individual, but not at the $125/hr fee, but at say a more reasonable $80 per hour fee.
Savvy job-seekers load their resumes with keywords designed to get them through the computerized screening process. The phrases SAP R/3, Java or Windows NT usually trigger a response. Yet recruiters and hiring managers sometimes end up interviewing a person with no hands-on knowledge of high-demand applications
Take a hard look at your resume and see what places you can tune up. Double check to make sure once you’ve gone through it that it flows and everything makes sense. Then once you think you’re ready send it off and go for it.

5) Increasing the level of your experience

How Much Experience Do You Really Have? When a person says they have ten years experience, do they mean they have ten years experience, or do they have one year of experience repeated ten times? Many times the company is trying to hire for a position requiring at least three years of experience in a particular skill set. The question is, do they need someone with three years experience or will some one with one-year experience repeated three-times suffice? A few of the ways a company might try to figure out your true level of experience, is to ask you a few questions like the following:
* Your previous salary history
* A detailed job description.
* What kind of qualifications you had before experience.
Human resources personnel will check your experience in several ways.
1. They will give you a written test asking questions pertaining to your particular skill set experience level that you should have. So be ready for it.
2. Many times a company will have a technical interview on the phone with you, to determine if you actually have the knowledge of the skill sets necessary.
3. Very often human resources people will speak to people in the same profession who how the skill set that are interviewing for.
If you're interviewing for a manager position, you’ll probably the ask questions about the projects and responsibility that you held as well as your previous accomplishments. This is not the time to brag about how awesome you are. Now is a time for you to build more credibility and show how you would add value to the company based on your previous successes. If write in your resume that you were part of particular project for a division, make sure that you have your details straight. You'll need to know in-depth knowledge of the project, how many people were on the team, what the budget for your project was, what division as well as whether or not it was a success and why. If you are vague, and lack any details in your management experience, suspicions will arise. Make sure you have knowledge of why the project was successful did save money did save turnover did improve procedure is anything like that. The more details you how the more convincing you'll sound. Make sure that if you are taking credit for something that they can't look at out in any public records press releases or any other documentation available to public. Sometimes companies will call your previous employer and ask them and details about your responsibilities and your successful project.
Need More Job Experience?
If you have put in some years in your field but find that employers want even more experience, you may want to try this little ploy. Say you worked for your last employer for two years and the employers are looking for three to five years here is a way to add some years to your resume in an untraceable manner. Leave the employment dates of your last employer unaltered. (you'll have to as they can be easily verified with a simple phone call) Insert employers before your last one and show that you worked for them for the additional years you need. Of course, your work there was in the same field so you now have a total between the two employers of as many years as you like in your chosen field. If you can, try to add a reference from a firm in another state that went out of business as this would render that reference entirely untraceable. Chances are excellent that if your last employer provides a positive reference, a prospective employer will be satisfied.
How not to arouse suspicion
Hiring managers will sometimes be suspicious if your job description or titles are an almost perfect match to the one that they described in at or job board posting. Most people know that if it's too good to be true it probably is. Therefore, if the job description has some keywords which you know for sure are hot buttons for the hiring manager, than make sure to pepper in those keywords in your resume, so long as it isn't too blatantly obvious.
When a prospective employee calls a previous employer, they will most likely ask your previous employer the job title that you held. Sometimes they'll ask what other titles you might have held at the company. Again, if your resume matches word for word the job description from the job board posting, you will raise their suspicions. Sometimes they will look for a consistent writing style. Since many people just cut and paste the job description and put it in their resume, Human Resources people are used to busting people that are too lazy to make the key words blend in smoothly. Make sure that you take a time to reword as well as you keep the keywords were the hot button where it's in your resume.
If you chose to include career accomplishments on your resume, they must be specific. Vague or inexact accomplishments are worthless and will certainly lead to a detailed discussion. Be careful with accomplishments, as you must be prepared to answer detailed questions.
Hard-core hiring managers may ask references of your references. Sometimes this can trip up your friend trying to do you a favor. It's not likely to this might happen, but beware of it.
You have to use some common sense in “fudging” your resume. For example if you're saying that you had experience as a Java programmer, don't write that you have XX years experience programming Java when Java of has only been around for YY years.
Customizing Your Experience
There are many ways to customize your previous experience to sound as if you’re the perfect candidate for the job. Suppose the position you’re applying for requires experience in management. Some resume cheats create false references that are difficult to check. Dan Jensen a former high tech professional found a way to do this when a computer company he worked for went belly up. "About a half-dozen of us stood around the parking lot and agreed to act as supervisors to give references for each other," he recalls. Jensen always gave a fellow conspirator a call before a recruiter was going to call, to make sure they had their story straight ("Dan was a model manager, although he tends to put in too many hours…").
Filling in the Holes - Say you spent two years "trying to find yourself" (in other words, mooching off your parents). You can mend the gap by claiming to have worked for a small company that is out of business or for a now shuttered division of an existing firm. On the other hand, he suggests, look in business and trade magazines for obituaries of executives, one of whom you can claim to have had as a boss. If your employment gap is only about six months, resist the urge to tack three months onto the end of the previous job and three onto the beginning of the next, because past employers gladly dole out exact years, months, and days of employment. Rather, the best cheaters concoct a good lie. "If you take time out for family reasons, most companies are understanding," says Patrick Boyle, a resume writer in Costa Mesa, California, who in no way advocates lying. So you can tell potential employers, "I left work for six months in 1996—family reasons. My grandfather, God bless his soul." They’ll back off.
Adjusting the length of time on the job - Most jobs are of a repetitive nature--after the first three to six months, you're doing the same thing repeatedly. So in essence, it may take you those three to six months to get a feel for a job. Again, were not talking here about a job as an engineer a surgeon, or a 747 pilot. Obviously, those jobs require specialized and intensive training. Therefore, length of time on the job is a good place for you to stretch the truth.
Part-time experience - If you worked 15 to 20 hours a week as opposed to 40 hours a week, you still have to have proficiency on the job. So for any part-time work, put down that you had been working there full-time.
Merging job experience - Sometimes you worked in the same industry but held different jobs. Let's say you are three months on one job and three months on another job, doing the same kind of work. Since employers hate people who job hop, you should merge those two jobs, so that it shows that you spent six months at the same company. Which company should you choose to write that you were there for six months? Choose the one where if your prospective employer calls for a reference you have a good inside person to lie for you. Sometimes you should do the same thing if you held a job that was not in the same industry as the one you are applying for now. Let's say you had several jobs in the required area but somewhere along the line, you had a job that had nothing to do with the one you are applying for now. Change the job that is not appropriate and tack on the time to one of the other jobs.
Old job experience - You've been in the job force over 20 years, you have the experience your prospective employer needs, but it was ten years or more ago and the prospective employer will immediately rule you out if you’re relevant experience is to dated or old. What do you do? Put down experience that they're looking for as being more recent than it is.

6) Faking your college education

When claiming a bogus degree always remember to leave enough time in your resume to allow the required college attendance. Degrees just don’t happen instantly, they require long years of work. In addition, you claim that you attended college while you worked, you’ll have to allot an even longer period. Be well prepared to explain how and when you earned your listed degree. Also, keep in mind that your job title and listed salary must be in line with your claimed academic qualifications. Be sure that your salary after earning your degree reflects the expected increase. If not, it’ll raise a red flag.
Please be very careful to avoid using these techniques to go after a job that’s obviously over your head. Don’t get intoxicated with the idea of earning a huge salary. Believe me, this is a formula for disaster. Unless you’re absolutely sure that you possess the skills and experience necessary to be successful in your new position – stay within your capabilities.
If you can, visit the campus of your new alma mater. Stroll around, taking particular note of the streets and bars in the immediate vicinity. Get a copy of the school’s catalog and study it carefully. Commit to memory two or three of the more prominent professor’s names and faces.
College transcripts are extremely easy to forge. Simply get a copy of someone else’s legitimate transcript and a copy of the college catalog for the period you’ll claim you attended (larger libraries usually have past school catalogs). Make as good a copy of the real transcript as you can, use cover up strips to block out your name and other personal information. Then use a computer or typewriter to replace the previous personal information with your own. You can plan to spend an entire evening working out the details of your new/old degree and creating a believable copy of your transcripts. Moreover, be sure to include that all-important raised seal.
You may also want to know that several of the larger Universities are international in scope. They maintain locations both here in the US and overseas. One of the largest of these is one that’s located in the state of Maryland.
There’s also the question of a completely new spectrum of degree programs, which due to long-distance learning, don’t require physical classroom attendance for a set number of years. Many of these video, web or long-distance programs can be quite legitimate, such as The University of Phoenix, now recognized as the largest university in the U.S. because of its aggressive marketing of distance learning. The stigma of distance learning is rapidly disappearing thanks to the Internet so even if you claim that you got your degree from a web based school you’re still going to be credible.
If you claim a degree from one of these international schools and your future employer should experience problems when they attempt to verify your degree, you could claim that the university has so many different operations that the verification process is rather unreliable. I’ve known several people who have successfully used this approach. It’s a common and therefore believable story.
Never forget that those friendly folks who run mail drops will gladly open a box for you through the mail. See the list of mail drops at the end of this report. You can then use this new box as the college’s official mailing address. This means that the degree verification form will be sent directly to you so that you can then provide the verification yourself.