I was shocked this morning when I was referred to someone’s LinkedIn page that stated this person worked on a particular project. Since I also was involved on this project, I knew the truth. This person did not actually do what was claimed on LinkedIn.
Lying on LinkedIn is a bad idea. If you elaborate on your resume and cover letter, only the employers you apply with will see it (still, it’s a bad idea). But, LinkedIn is open to not only employers, but also previous coworkers.
Someone once tried to tell me that your resume experience is all about how you spin it. You should make the best of each and every experience, even if it does not relate to PR. But, you should not blatantly lie.
As a young professional, how do you make your experiences look great? Should you list projects, such as events, that you did not contribute much to (or had just a minor involvement)?
As an employer, how do you combat inaccurate claims?