A recent study released by researchers at Cornell University has indicated that people are less likely to lie about big things on the resumes that they post on the professional network LinkedIn as compared with traditional resumes. The study reveals that websites such as LinkedIn can lead to greater honesty when it comes to resume claims such as experience and responsibilities primarily due to the fact that these claims are more easily verified in a public, online setting, so liars are more likely to get caught.
Though people still found ways to make themselves look better on their LinkedIn profiles by exaggerating personal interests and hobbies, which are not that easily verifiable. Overall, lies were common no matter what resume format people used, whether on LinkedIn or otherwise. On average, the study's participants lied nearly three times in their profile. Approximately 92 percent of the respondents lied at least once and the highest number of lies they told was eight.
The study was published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. Its respondents included about 119 college students aged between 18 and 22. Each respondent was randomly assigned to create a traditional resume, a private LinkedIn resume or a public one.
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