Like it or not, writing a carefully-constructed resume or curriculum vitae (as resumes are known in scientific circles) is a vital part of any successful job search.

Inexperienced job seekers tend to hastily craft resumes without paying much attention to format, style or content and then wonder why they can’t land job interviews.

The best way to approach resume writing is to think of a resume as a work of art–something that requires a lot of thought, creativity and attention to detail. As one well-known professional recruiter and job search expert put it Trying to find a job without a smart, well-crafted resume is like showing up for dinner at a fancy restaurant in a T-shirt and cutoffs. They won’t let you in.

A survey by Morgan & Banks that found that an alarming 17 percent of male and 7 percent of female respondents admitted to lying outright on their curriculum vitae to secure a position, with those earning $50,000-$100,000 most likely to commit what the Americans call resume fraud.

ADP Screening and Selection Services, a unit of the Roseland, N.J.-based ADP payroll and benefits managing company, says that in performing 2.6 million background checks in 2001, it found that 44 percent of applicants lied about their work histories, 41 percent lied about their education, and 23 percent falsified credentials or licenses

Recently, a survey conducted by Forensic Psychology found that 31 percent of people lie on their resume. Research culled by Jobacle suggests that the number may be as high as 43 percent.

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