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Lies caught on resumes

NEW YORK (Marlie Hall) -- Job applicants want their resume to sound good but a new survey found a significant number of people cross the line and lie about their credentials.

Some lies stretch the truth while others were almost outrageous. 

Michael Barassert, a media consultant, said, "They try to make them look as good as they can."

John Fanuka works in financial industry on Wall Street and said, "People embellish a little more."

But some go a step further.  In a new survey from, 58 percent of hiring managers said they've caught a lie on a resume.  It has happened in every industry and at all levels.

In 2012 Scott Thompson, the CEO of Yahoo, resigned after he was accused of falsifying his education on his resume.  Years earlier the head of Radio Shack stepped down under similar scrutiny.  Lies about education have become common.  Other applicants lied about winning awards or their previous job title.  And then there were the more outlandish lies.

Jennifer Grasz from said, "There was one person who said they were the assistant to the Prime Minister of a country that doesn't have a Prime Minister.  There was another candidate that claimed to be an Olympic medalist, there was another candidate that claimed to be the baby sister of Madonna and Tom Cruise; none of these things were true."

The survey found the most lies were caught in the financial industry.

John Fanuka has seen it first hand, "We did find someone probably a year or two into their employment had outright lied.  I think about their education and their former employment and they were let go."

For many, lying doesn't pay.  Half of all employers said when they catch a lie the worker was dismissed immediately.

One third of employers said they had seen a recent increase in resume embellishments.

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