Sainath's Advice on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 :
I have mentioned this many times on this forum, trying to mislead potential employers by putting wrong experience on the resume can be very counter productive in this era of strict background verification. As time passes by we may also see common databases of blacklisted candidates being maintained. Rather than getting into all these complications, it is better to say the truth.
In your case, mentioning that you were working on CAD in the initial years will not really have an impact although you will be treated only as someone who has 7 years of experience, and this is correct as well because at 11 years of experience you are expected to have broader level of knowledge. In my opinion, from what you have stated things should be fine for you. As you are handling the responsibilities of a Team Lead in the true sense you will get a good break in India. The initial CAD experience will not have much of an impact as potential employers will be more interested in where your skills are in the present. Once you get a good break and settle down in the job you should then target growing in roles and responsibilities and start thinking of moving forward on the managerial track or the architect track. For now, please proceed as planned without showing any wrong experience on your CV, things should go fine.
All the best !