Why you shouldn’t lie on your CV

hand-with-thumb-downHave you ever told a lie on your CV? Maybe a little one like making it sound like you had a bit more responsibility in a past job than you actually had, or a big one like saying you were awarded a 1st when you weren’t?

So, is it okay to bend the truth?

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the Careers & Enterprise team, and any recruiter, would highly advise against any CV fraud as the cost of getting caught can be severe. When you’re thinking of adding that little (or big) fib to a CV, keep in mind that:

  • Recruiters are often trained to catch on to lies. Recruiting the candidate with the right skills and experience is what they do and they are often trained to pick up on mistruths.
  • You are likely to be asked for more detail about your degree and experiences listed on your CV at interview. If your answers even appear ever-so-slightly untruthful they won’t give you the job. Just think how important it is to for a company to hire someone that they trust from the very start.
  • Employers are increasingly checking degrees. The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) is a service that allows employers to check the validity of an applicant’s degree. More employers are using this system.
  • You could lose your job. If you do land the job and your employer finds out that you told a significant lie during the application or interview process, it would be seen as a breakdown of trust and you could be fired. This would leave a gap or ‘reason for departure’ on your CV that would be very difficult to explain to future employers.

For advice on your CV or application, book a 1-2-1 appointment with a Careers Consultant by calling 020 7882 8533.

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