When Does Tailoring a Resume Become Falsification?

I have recently become involved in several discussions about both beefing up résumés, and dumbing them down. Where do you draw the line when you are desperate to find a job that might be crucial to your economic survival? As a coach, I am obviously empathetic to the challenges of being unemployed and encounter clients’ job search frustrations daily. From a purely ethical point of view, my personal position is to always suggest that honesty is the best policy. But ethics and integrity aside, which can only be a matter of individual conscience, as a recruiter I can tell you some of the practical dangers of crossing the line.

By this I don’t mean writing a powerful resume, enhanced by strong vocabulary and key words to give a “sales spin,” or “tailoring” your CV towards a specific opening, emphasizing certain qualities and down-playing skill or experience deficits. Unless you are applying to companies with a high churn, where clearly employees are not a high priority, or encounter an incompetent recruiter, then I suggest you factor in some of the following before you make a decision, because misrepresentation it is not without risk:

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When Does Tailoring a Resume Become Falsification?

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