"It usually comes out when someone says, 'When can we get you in for an interview?' and a candidate will respond saying 'any time' because they are unemployed," says Hanold. "A hiring manager will then look at the resume and see it isn't up to date and start to think what else may they be lying about."
Hanold also says that unemployment can sometimes work to your advantage. He's worked with companies like Amazon, Blue Apron and Groupon, and says that in his experience, most companies appreciate a candidate that can start right away.
Bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch agrees that it's essential to be transparent. When asked by an employer about your reason for leaving your current job, she says you absolutely shouldn't fabricate an answer.
"Don't make up a story," Welch says. "I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Lying is never good."
Instead, she says you should deliver a response that shows how forward-thinking you are by discussing your future plans with the company.
"Turn the conversation towards why you want to join the new company," she adds. "Explain why this job is so right for your skills, your values and your career goals."
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