Lying on your resume can get you fired: The Saturday Weekend Review #84

The Saturday Weekend Review 84 resume liesGOOD RESUMES TELL THE TRUTH


Writing a resume for many people is just as intimidating a task as is creating a budget. I know they are on two different spectrums but it’s true.

I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard people over the years cringe about having to write a resume and seeking out support to do so. I remember when I was in school we were taught to write a basic resume.

Although it takes time to master it has to be done and visited often over the course of employment with any career you are in. Failing to update your resume only makes the job harder when it comes time to apply for a new role.

Resume writing and interviews is such a huge topic which I hope to write more about in the future but this morning I read an article about what people lie about on their resume.

I was not shocked at what I read because people lie everyday just to become someone they are not or to bump someone else out of the employment race.

One of the most common lies we’ve all heard is that someone “quit” a job when in fact they were fired.  In the article I read about the 10 most ridiculous things people lie about on their resume someone had said they had babysit for celebrities for 20 years, lol. While this may be true you can bet it would be looked into so lying on your resume won’t help you out.

Another funny one is when someone says they have 20 years’ experience doing a job when they are only 25 years old, ha-ha. I know it’s funny but it’s true, it happens. I wonder if people think before they talk or even read what they type in their resume. Yes, human resource professionals WILL read your resume if your cover letter passes their overall assessment and you are a potential candidate.

Over the years I’ve done my research and built my resume based on my skills, experience and education. It’s amazing though how many people search out a resume builder online to format a simple resume in a word document or look for so-called “buzz words” to make their resume POP. Just be you.

Proper resume format varies from business to business and not every manager or human resources professional has a standard format that they will accept. If they do they will tell you how to submit your resume but making sure your resume format is clear and easy to read is important.

Some people even pay a professional resume service to put their resume together for them. To be honest it’s one of the easiest tasks to complete especially with all the free resume resources available online. The task itself is simply overwhelming for many people so they put their career fate in the hands of someone who isn’t afraid to do it for them. People are making a mint off of those who don’t want to take the time to create and learn how to build their own resume.

It reminds me of the credit card companies cashing in on the interest of those people who don’t want to budget their money and put everything on credit. Simple stuff here and if you find you can’t do there is bound to be a mentor at your current organization or someone willing to help if you make phone call.


Resume tells all or almost all


Human resource professionals and management teams who sift through resumes or who have electronic systems look for resumes with cover letters that fulfill the needs of the job requirements. If they are seeking certain qualifications and skills and they aren’t present in your cover letter don’t be shocked if your resume lands in the “no” pile.

These are professionals after all and they look at resumes all the time so they know when you try to use filler words to fluff up your resume. Just because you renovated a kitchen doesn’t make you a carpenter either, lol. Training to be a red seal tradesman takes many years of experience and education so take a step back and think about what you are saying on your resume.

What they might not know is if you are lying on your resume. This can be tragic to the company and to yourself if you are caught. When you say on your resume and in an interview that you can do something and you can’t it can really create lots of problems depending on the role you applied for.

For example a nurse’s resume vs. a customer service resume or even an accountant’s resume all bring different skills to the table that are crucial to the success of the role and organization.

My wife told me about a time she found out the accountant at her previous employer lied on her resume. She was telling my wife that when she applied she lied that she knew how to use ACPAC (An electronic payroll system) when in fact she had never used the program before. Her reasoning was that she knew other payroll programs and figured she could learn that one as she went along.

The accountant knew how to use the program by the time she told my wife this information but it was astonishing the risks that people will take just to get their foot in the door. Sure if it was found out that she lied on her resume HR could have fired her for reporting false information on her resume but it really depends on the HR or hiring manager whether it was severe enough to let the person go.

You are taking a big risk when you lie on your resume especially if you are in the care of other human beings or the environment. A company relies on the resume and your word during a job interview and even though HR may do reference calls and a bit of background research they may not uncover deceit on a resume until after the job contract has been signed. Often a lack of skills becomes clear when the employee fails to perform to standards they say they could in an interview or in their resume.

With jobs being scarce these days it’s no wonder people will go the extra length to jazz up their resume and even use resume examples online to copy and paste into their own resume to make it look eye-catching.

If you are lying on your resume just to get a job you probably shouldn’t be applying for that job in the first place. It would be best to go back to school to get the education you need or find new ways to gain experience in the role you want to work in without saying you are qualified and you are not.

Do you know someone who lied on their resume? What did they lie about?


CBB at home and the blog



If you managed to read my blog posts this week it was hard to miss the excitement in our July 2014 Budget Update when we announced we were expecting a baby. I wasn’t sure how to go about telling all of you but I thought since the budget was going to be affected by the birth of our child it would be a great place to start.

I know we have only scratched the surface when it comes to the baby budget but I know in time we will have settled into some sort of standardized routine where the budget will be somewhat stabilized.

My wife has been very ill this past week as many of you who follow my Facebook page know. The pregnancy has been hard on her from the start and we’ve been to Emergency at the hospital twice this past week. The baby is doing fine but my wife has some issues she is dealing with that comes with pregnancy which are being monitored. Thank you all for your support and understanding through all of this.

I talked to my father-in-law about our basil and what could have went wrong with it after it looked so beautiful. Last week I mentioned how the basil had started to form brown leaves and I had to chop it all and make a basil pesto.

I found out it was likely my fault for watering the basil with the hose. The water from the tap is much different from rain water and has high amounts of calcium and fluoride which can damage the plants especially when you fire water at it right from the house.

Normally I use a watering can but I was in a rush one day and just used the hose. My rain barrel was empty as well and another good reason it’s important to have one in the garden. Needless to say he’s hooked us up with another basil plant to take care of for the rest of the summer.


You may notice that I did not blog my “PF Friday Grab a Brew” blog post yesterday. I’ve cut that post for the time being since we have so many other things on the go in our house. I’ve combined a few features of that post into this Saturday Weekly post so you aren’t missing any of those fabulous sections. Once I get sorted out again I’ll open up that post.

My blogging schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday but is subject to change depending on how things go with our baby. Time will tell but with Nicola and Katrina on board and all of our fans who support CBB I’m hoping we can keep the blog going strong.

So much for thinking the blog was safe because it never is. Even though layers of safety have been built in to protect the blog spammers managed to crash my site the past week.

My hosting company went ahead and shut me down the other day because it was overwhelming the server. After a long conversation over the phone and getting Grayson back on board we sorted the issue out. I’m happy to say I’ve got hardly any spam coming through now. You may notice a captcha has been added when you go to leave a comment.

This is needed to protect Canadian Budget Binder. I know I’ve cringed many times when having to fill one out but it’s needed otherwise there will be no blog. I hope you continue to comment and read my blog posts. The life of a blogger is never dull.


Guest posts wanted


If you are a Personal Finance Blogger I’m looking to book High Quality Guest Posts for the months of September and October to help me get through a very busy period. It’s a great way to share your thoughts and the way you write with my fans.

If you are interested please contact me today as spots are filling up.



Weekly CBB posts


If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading! You will notice that I’m only posting 5 days a week now on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to guest post please contact me with your blog post ideas.


Fan deals and inspirations


delissio pizza pc plus points program

Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week CBB fan Jen shares her awesome score at RCSS PLUS check out the PC Plus Points she earned on top of her savings to sweeten the deal! Thanks Jen for sending this in for us and showing us just how much we can save while grocery shopping.

Here is a deal from RCSS from earlier in the week:

  • Bagels $1.99 – 50% pink sticker (-$1.00)
  • Delissio pizza (PM SDM) 3 x $3.99

No coupons but each pizza earned 500 in store PC plus points as well as 2500 PC plus points each for a digital bonus offer.  I earned $3.00 worth of points on each pizza making them equal $.99 each 🙂 The bagels also earned 800 PC plus points.

  • OOP $13.96

PC plus earned 9800 (worth $9.80). <<<<< That’s awesome Jen!!


Making a difference


If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email canadianbudgetbinder (@) so I can reach out to them for a feature story.

Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured get in touch with me as I am booking spots for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.

Today my good friend Kassandra who blogs at More Than Just Money is here today to share with you her personal finance blog. Enjoy and welcome Kassandra!

Hello/Bonjour to Mr. CBB and your readers!

My name is Kassandra and I launched More Than Just Money in the hopes of reflecting that our lives are to be lived intentionally in all aspects including financially.

Despite that I am a certified credit analyst and a self-employed business consultant, I have struggled with a large amount of consumer debt in the past – $55K to be exact.  It took a long time for me to acknowledge that I was in a financial mess and begin to do something about it.

The good thing is that I did learn to take control of my money and my life and so can you.

I started in June of 2009 to pay off my debt.  I had initially calculated that I could be debt free in five years. I figured out that with some sacrifices namely taking on a second part-time job, cutting budgeted expenses, selling items I no longer used and understanding the true difference between needs and wants, that I could be debt free a lot sooner.

I made my final debt payment on December 21, 2012 and have maintained my debt freedom status to the present day.  My experiences with debt, in many ways, deeply changed my outlook on life.

Many of us are encouraged to walk a traditional road about how we should live our life and how we should spend our money. Using More Than Just Money as my platform, I am striving to spread the message that we should forge our own path. My goal is to demonstrate to others that money is a tool to help them carve out a quality of life of their own design.


Top recipe


strawberry lemondade cheesecake

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week I picked a recipe from Baking in a Tornado because it jumped out at me and I was searching for a fork. Does this Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake not look delicious? I know…. drool! If you are a lemonade lover don’t forget to try Nicola’s homemade Lemonade recipe.


Editor’s Pick


Every week I will pick a blog post of the week from around the web that I found interesting and want to share with you and an Editor’s top blog post pick.


Editor’s blog post pick of the week

This week I read a post at Practical Cents about “How to Prepare for Home Renovations” and because I’m in the middle of doing our bathroom renovations many of the tips given are important.

If you are house hunting one thing we did was to make sure we thoroughly went through the houses were on our yes list before putting in an offer. If the price doesn’t reflect what you know you will have to rip out and replace then think twice before offering a price on the house. Having to rip out a renovation gone bad can cost you big bucks especially if the original owner of the house thinks it’s done right, when it’s not.


Weekly Features around the web


If you featured CBB and I missed you it’s because I haven’t been made aware but thank-you kindly for thinking of CBB.

Shannon from The Heavy Purse shared our July 2014 Budget Update with congratulations of our baby on the way. Thank-you Shannon for sharing as it’s certainly a time in our life that we wanted to share with the world.


Google search terms


Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.

  • Should BC parents homeschool because of strict teachers?- I guess that is up to you as a parent but I’m sure not all teachers are strict and sometimes being strict isn’t a bad thing either. I turned out fine.
  • Scop is the law for every retailer- NO, the scanning code of practice is voluntary.
  • I love you this way– Which way? hah
  • My Ford vehicle keeps swallowing gas– Join the club…. gas prices are high everywhere.
  • Pimping my car not on a strict budget- Well, if you are not on a strict budget you can pimp away but if you are well you might have to pimp as you go.


Thanks for joining me for this edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #84. Join me here again for more crazy stories from around the web and at home!


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  1. Things have changed a lot since the last time I applied for something!!! Things are changing in the schools too as the younger boy had to take a course in career planning and resume writing in Grade 10. His older brother and sister didn’t have that but he did. I believe this was part of the curriculum changes the PC government brought in during the Harris Days. They did a complete re-write of the curriculum over a number of years from start to finish. As I had kids in the system then I got copies of the new documents as they were released from the government, free.
    I’m sure there are some people out there that will lie to get a job. Everyone has heard the one about quitting, not being fired….. Or moving on the new challenges. Amounts to the same thing. If I worked in HR I’d be taking an awful lot of what I was told with a hefty grain of salt.
    About the hose water hurting your basil, the chlorine in the water can do it as well. I water my spider plant inside with water that has been sitting for a while so the chlorine has time to clear out as spider plants don’t care for it. Gives them brown tips on the leaves. It’s good you have another plant!! Ours gets rain water the younger boy collects and saves in empty juice and Gatorade bottles. We just transplanted the lime into a slightly bigger pot with some fresh potting soil too! We will be on the lookout for an even bigger pot for next year. I’m thinking Christmas is coming and it’s an idea for him for then to get some bigger pots and other gardening goodies for then…… 🙂
    Hope everything goes well for the remainder of the pregnancy!! I’m guessing it’s not much longer…hopefully for her sake so she feels better and can enjoy the baby!!!
    That recipe does look good!!!! Jen got nice deals and the points too!!! I’m impressed!!! Too bad for me that No Frills isn’t part of those deals, at least not yet!! We can hope!!! Have a good weekend!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for choosing my post as your editor’s pick for the week. I’m new to your blog but I’m looking forward to reading more. Congrats on the baby news. 😉

    Regarding resumes, my hubby and I are currently working on updating ours. I had a family member pay someone to update her resume and she told me it was a total waste of time and money. The best thing to do is to take a look at it every year and update it. That way you don’t have to do it all at once when you’re obligated to do so.

  3. Congratulations again in the baby. It’s just super news, especially since I saw on twitter that this seemed like a long shot.

    I worked with a guy a few years back that I’m sure lied on his resume. I don’t think he had a degree or any of the experience he said he did. He’d coasted along at an easy job for about 10 years and then that job went away and he had to take a more challenging position or not have one at all. That’s when the truth started to come out. I never went to HR, but some companies might do well to consider reassessing employees as they transfer spots – the same as you’d do a new hire. Might have kept him from wasting people’s time in the challenging spot.

  4. Thanks Mr. CBB for the feature and support! AS for lying on a resume that is really a very big mistake to be making. The repercussions if you are found out can be severe as you mentioned. It’s better to admit in a cover letter that although you may not have direct experience with ABC, that your XYZ experiences are transferable skills and then show them how. The goal is to make your resume and cover letter stand out enough to land an interview – but do so honestly and with integrity.

    1. You’re welcome and thanks for being a part of the feature. I don’t understand why people do that because it really does cause potential problems especially if one is fired. It can cause problems with getting unemployment not to mention loss of wages as well.

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