Speed of AI ubiquity has workers fudging resumes in ‘desperation’

Corporate interest in artificial intelligence skyrocketed in recent months, and job seekers are fudging their resumes in response, Sept. 18 survey results from ResumeBuilder show.

Nearly half of workers who said they’ve job hunted in recent months admitted to exaggerating their AI skills during the hiring process. Employees at management and executive levels were more likely to lie about their AI skills than others. And most said they faced consequences after ending up in a job for which they were unqualified.

“I think people are out of work and frustrated, which leads to making certain choices out of desperation,” said Julia Toothacre, resume and career strategist, in a ResumeBuilder statement.

Employees are enthusiastic about AI training, however, potentially creating a development opportunity. Half of respondents said they planned to use self-teach AI tools this year, and even more said they plan to take an AI course.

Research from earlier in the year indicated that while desk workers are generally optimistic about AI at work, most lack the skills to use it well, and they expect employers to provide opportunities for learning.

The organization behind that research, Salesforce, suggested employers that want to use generative AI, in particular, have a responsibility to provide learning and development opportunities to help close that skills gap.