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Fibbing on your CV? Here’s why you shouldn’t do it

Published: Friday 12th October 2018

A new study shows that more people than ever are being dishonest when it comes to their CV. Up to 85% of job applicants aren’t entirely truthfulCopy of a resume with magnifying glass showing lie when it comes to key skills – a 66% increase from five years ago. The question is, given that rates of employment are so high in the job market at the moment, why do people feel the need to lie on their CV?

The most obvious answer to that is that they think that they can get away with it. Most candidates are aware that, today, application sorting is more likely to be performed by technology than by a trained eye. The problem with this is, sooner or later, a real person is going to examine their CV for discrepancies and this is when they can be found out. Indeed, a simple search on social media can be enough to identify inaccuracies on a CV.

Male suspect under spotlights, shakenYou’ll get caught – sooner or later

If a candidate who has been dishonest on their CV gets to the interview stage, they can expect to be asked much more searching questions about their history, experience and key skills. So, for example, if someone exaggerates how much management experience they have and the interviewer looks for real-life examples of how they handled certain scenarios over the years, then they could become unstuck very quickly.

Even if a candidate manages to talk their way through an initial interview, more companies are checking references and performing background checks on key factors such as qualifications, experience and whether or not a candidate has a criminal record. Some HR departments even conduct what’s known as ‘backdoor reference checks’. This is when the hirer contacts ex-colleagues of candidates, not cited as references – without the applicant knowing. That way they can source additional information which they can then check during a follow-up interview.

Recruiters know what to look for

In the survey by the online site, CareerBuilder, the team found that it was skills and employment history that candidates were most likely to lie about on their CV when applying for jobs. Premlesh Machama, managing director at CareerBuilder, pointed out that many candidates don’t realise that recruiters have the experience to quickly identify discrepancies at interview.

Even if a candidate is well skilled for the job, any evidence of lies or mistruths on a CV that can’t be explained will more than likely result in the candidate not going any further in the recruitment process. Even if hired, the absence of skills or experience will soon become apparent in the workplace and that could mean the termination of the work contract.

Honesty is the best policyHonest female raising her hand to show honesty

When it comes to embellishing the truth on your CV, the best advice is don’t do it if you don’t want to miss out on what could be a great jobs opportunity. In fact, telling the truth and saying you don’t have a key skill or experience in a certain area is likely to be more appreciated than lying. After all, most companies want honest employees working for them.

Why not take the opportunity today to update your CV (truthfully) before researching the job market at Zoek UK for your next career move. With opportunities all over the UK including jobs in London, jobs in Manchester and jobs in Leeds, we’re being honest when we say you’ll find the best jobs on Zoek.

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