I have only one year of work experience, Should I lie and say I have three years?

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    You don’t need to lie. You can put stuff on your resume that you don’t get paid to do. So, for example, you can make a job up for yourself, and do the job, and then put it on your resume and talk about it in the interview. You don’t have to ever tell people you didn’t get paid.

    So, you can, for example, teach a class or launch a web site, or create a design for a shoe — all sorts of stuff you would not get hired to do, but if you can do it, you can put on your resume that you did it so you can get a job getting paid to do it.

    Note that this advice applies to anyone who is trying to get a job that requires experience they don’t have.

    Here are two posts on the topic:
    http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2008/01/29/how-to-get-a-job-youre-not-qualified-for/

    http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2008/04/14/5-ways-to-get-a-job-way-above-your-experience/

    Penelope

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