The CEO of Yahoo! has done it, as has the Department of Homeland Security’s Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Dean of Admissions at MIT and a Pulitzer Prize winner for Journalism. They may have achieved great things, but these were all short-lived as their downfall was lying on their CV’s.

As the job market get tougher, more people are tempted to “be creative”. After all, for every job 118 CV’s are received on average and only 35% meet the basic requirements and experience for the job. So where are people bending the truth –

1) Salary
2) Job titles
3) Duties and responsibilities
4) Managing a team
5) Dates of employment
6) Educational qualifications
7) Reasons for leaving

If you are a new to the workforce chances are you will bend the truth on education – giving a higher grade than achieved (47%); claiming to complete a course when only partially finished (29%); offering a different course subject to suit the job requirements (13%); and admitting to having a degree when they don’t (11%).

But if you really want to get that job, you had better change your name to Smith. It turns out having an easy-to-pronounce name gives you a higher chance of getting a job, as people with simpler surnames are perceived to be more “likable.”