Is it wrong to pad one's resume with information that, while not an outright lie, is an enhancement?For example, would it be wrong to term one's job "maintenance coordinator" when in fact one...

Is it wrong to pad one's resume with information that, while not an outright lie, is an enhancement?

For example, would it be wrong to term one's job "maintenance coordinator" when in fact one simply emptied garbage cans?

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Is it wrong?  That depends on your personal moral code.  Is it a good idea?  Never, for several reasons.  First, your resume is a tool not for getting a job, but for getting the right job for your skills and job history.  Your goal is not getting a job—it is doing a job, and getting paid for it.  Second, The HR person reading your resume is trained to see right through such “enhancements” and will immediately judge your “work character” as being undesirable (they actually react negatively to such vague trigger phrases as “co-ordinated”, “was considered for”, “trained to become…” etc.)  Third, your references, which will be checked thoroughly, will point out such exaggerations.  Your resume is simply a quick abbreviated list of your job qualification, in written form—the hiring process is much more complicated than that (interviews, references, etc.)—in other words, you won’t get the job anyway. Fourth, you will not have the necessary skills if you do get the job (and there are myriad complications to that).  Having said that, however, it is completely all right to name the actual titles of your previous jobs, and to describe your responsibilities in positive terms—“I was responsible for keeping the clean-up schedule and making sure the trash got out in time for pick-up.”   Finally, you want to have an honest relationship with your employer always, so “fudging” is not a good start.

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