They might almost be choosing some of their "qualifications" at random—but in a tight job market in which employers struggle to separate the wheat from the chaff, some would-be candidates actually do a superb job of self-disqualification.

So finds a new CareerBuilder survey, which finds that 75 percent of human resource managers choosing resumes to submit to hiring managers have caught candidates in a lie. "Some resumes," says CareerBuilder, "were just not believable at all."

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.