When you are applying for a job, you’ll need to provide information about who you are and what your credentials are. As you go through the process of looking for work, it’s imperative you are honest at all times. Lying during your job search won’t help you land a job and it could lead to big problems down the road.

A few key reasons why honesty is always the best policy during your job hunt include the following:

  • Any lies are going to be uncovered: The internet has made it very easy to catch people in their lies, and a quick search of your name and contact details is usually enough for potential employers to find falsehoods. Even if you don’t have much of a paper trail online, chances are good any lies you tell will eventually be discovered. Companies may conduct background checks at the end of the hiring process, or someone at your new company may turn out to know someone at your old place of business.
  • Lying can ruin your reputation within the industry: No matter how big the city you live in, you’ll likely find it is a small world when it comes to your specific industry or profession.  Many people within the same field know each other from networking events or other professional settings. That means if you’re caught lying by an employer, the news is likely to get around. This could affect your prospects for getting hired at any company within your area of expertise.
  • You could find yourself fired for cause if you lie: If your lie is uncovered after you’re employed, this could lead to termination for cause. Being fired for cause means you may be ineligible for unemployment benefits, among others you could otherwise be entitled to when departing a company.

There’s no reason to lie about anything during the job hunt, whether that means overstating your qualifications or being dishonest about why you left your old job. If you are concerned that a lack of skills or a spotty work history could affect your efforts to find work, deal with the problem head-on by working with the staffing professionals at SmartTalent who can help you to find a career that is a good fit. We help job seekers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so give us a call today if you want assistance finding work.