Public LinkedIn resumes are less deceptive about the most relevant information for employers. Prior work experience and responsibilities are less deceptive information on public LinkedIn resumes compared to traditional resumes. On the other hand information about interests and hobbies were more deceptive. LinkedIn resumes tend to be more positive about interests and hobbies.
From the publication in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Participants creating public Linkedin profiles lied less about verifiable information, specifically responsibilities, and maximized their resume’s attractiveness with minimal consequences by lying more about unverifiable information, specifically interests. Participants creating traditional resumes lied more about verifiable information that was central to the job, presumably because there is less threat of being caught. Traditional resume creators accomplished self-presentational goals via deceptions about verifiable information, and lied less about unverifiable information.
Why is this important?
The results imply that the Internet is not rife with deception. The findings are in line with the rule that most people lie a little each day, only a few people lie a lot. Offline or online. In this study 90% lied at least once, consistent with the rule that most people lie a little. The lies used were strategically different, adapted on whether information could be verified or not.
Guillory, J., & Hancock, J. (2012). The Effect of Linkedin on Deception in Resumes Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15 (3), 135-140 DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2011.0389