Those whose professions require them to sift through dozens or hundreds of resumes a year know that everything they're seeing isn't factual. A lot that might be useful has no doubt been left off, and there's enough fudging going on to satisfy the sugar cravings of a small town in Indiana.

But how bad is it really? CareerBuilder has made the effort to find out. And the news isn't encouraging.

When the online job site asked hiring managers if they'd caught an outright lie on a resume, 58 percent said they had. And since the recession, a third of them reported, it's gotten worse.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.