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People more likely to lie on resumes than LinkedIn


Almost everyone lies at least one on a job application, a Cornell University study has found, but people were less likely to embellish their professional experence on LinkedIn profiles.


Justin Sullivan

A new study says people are less likely to lie about their experience on the professional network LinkedIn than on their resumes.

Associated Press quotes a report from researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which states that people are more honest about things like their experience and responsibilities online.

The study, by Jamie Cornell and Jeffrey T. Hancock, a graduate student tied to Cornell's Social Media Lab, has been published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking journal.

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Researchers asked 119 college students aged between 18 and 22 to create a traditional resume, a private LinkedIn resume or a public one, and analyzed the results.

It found that 92 percent of participants lied at least once, the average lied about three times and the highest number of lies told was eight.

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According to the AP article, lies were common in all resume formats, but people were less likely to lie about "major things" on their internet profiles, believing these facts were more easily verified in an online environment.

However, the study said that people are more likely to embellish their personal interests and hobbies, than on a traditional job application.

Meanwhile, the LinkedIn website claimed to have reached breached the 3 million user mark in Australia on Wednesday.

The Australian reported the site, which was set up in 2003, now has 135 million members around the world and attracts two new users every second.

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