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'Fluff' now may equal 'fail' later

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

EAST TEXAS, TX (KLTV) - A pile of resumes...a pile of lies. Experts say a third of the millions of Americans out of work do a little fibbing where it matters most.

"It's gonna come back and get ya," said Chris Custer, with Snelling Staffing Services.

Custer coaches, critiques, and clears thousands of job applicants.

"The best thing to do is to be honest and upfront from the beginning, and the reason is I'm going to find stuff out," said Custer.

Custer isn't alone, 80% of companies now run background checks, a 30% rise since 1996. Added technology makes it nearly impossible for liars to fall through the cracks, and if they are given the job...

"Even if you're the top performer in your job category, if they found out you lied they can terminate you," said Custer.

"It's a trend and a habit and a pattern of behavior that is self destructive," said pyschologist, Dr. Stephen Westmoreland.

An added work year and phony positions may seem like small lies on paper, but Westmoreland says pathological liars rarely start big.

"It's a cumulative burden," he explained. "It's not just that resume it's other things and you stack up some of those things in your own eyes, you become much less of a person."

Liars may accomplish some of the things they want, but Westmoreland says losses in their personal lives often outweigh gains from fibbing.

"No one is 100% honest, and if we think we are we're fooling ourselves," said Westmoreland. "The simplest route is to do the right thing."

"If you're completely upfront with everything you have, you're going to match up with the right company eventually," said Custer.

Simple steps for jobs asking you to call only on your conscience.

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