Can I fake experience as a loan underwriter?

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I have a degree, but it’s not in business. I have been out of school for 6 years and I am currently looking for a job. I was thinking about being a loan underwriter, since that seems to pay well and there are a lot of job listings in my area for that type of work. Would i be able to fake experience in this? Could I write on my resume that I’ve had several years of previous mortgage and loan underwriting experience and get away with it? I’ll put down my friend’s address and phone number in Chicago, so I’m not worried about getting caught that way. I’m just worried about showing up on the job and being completely clueless as to what I should be doing. I bought a book that is the “encyclopedia” of mortgage underwriting and the company says they are looking for someone with 1-3 years of experience, so should i be good with just a basic knowledge of loan processing?

Are any companies hiring or doing well? Id be interested in a loan officer or underwriter position

7 Comments
  1. Reply
    bdancer222
    February 14, 2011 at 5:13 am

    You can try but you will probably get caught. Even if you actually faked your way into a job, your employer would fire you as soon as it became apparent that you lied on your application. And you will get caught.

    For starters, positions in finance generally require background checks. They don’t just take your word for your previous employment. They check. Your friend isn’t going to get away with a reference from a fake company.

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    KlemKiddleHopper
    February 14, 2011 at 5:53 am

    You would only be fooling yourself – you’re setting yourself up to be kicked out

    before you start. Not to mention you are being dishonest

  3. Reply
    Mystee_Rain
    February 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

    The realty world is hot right now, depending on how you look at it and where you are coming from , good for some, bad for others

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    Stepho
    February 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

    If you are a good salesperson, those jobs will be good for you at any time. However, if you are not good at sales they will be hard, regardless of the economy. Why not try it out?

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    crymeariver
    February 14, 2011 at 7:21 am

    No, it would be a good idea many people are buying homes right now because the market is so low. As they call it is a “buyers market”.

  6. Reply
    chante
    February 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    The rates just went down, people are going to be refinancing like crazy.

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    Mary B
    February 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It is an EXTREMELY bad time to enter the job market right now in that industry.

    Remember that THOUSANDS of experienced workers have been laid off in recent months…and they are having trouble finding jobs.

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