Lie to the employer. With unemployment rates at a significant high, many are tempted to enhance or exaggerate their experience in an effort to appear more qualified. But, misrepresentation of awarded degrees, previous employments, acquired skills, or salary history is a risk that many canâ€™t afford to take. Since most companies conduct thorough background checks, degree confirmations, and employment verifications, they are certain to learn about falsified dates of employment, embellished salaries, and falsified degrees. Similarly, itâ€™s not a good idea to state that you have skills that you really donâ€™t have. If hired, employers will quickly learn that you are not proficient in Excel, bilingual, or capable of multitasking efficiently. Just be honest and the best you you can be.