Why you should never lie in your CV
Upping that degree from a 2:2 to a 2:1. Hmm, tempting. Fudging the start date of an employment to conceal a gap. Why not…it was a long time ago now. These are just two of many typical lies that people tell in their CV. In a survey by Reed Screening, they found that dates of employment were the most common lies followed by exam grades and job titles. The survey also found that 1 in 4 applications could not be progressed through information that could not be confirmed or backed up. Another survey by UK Higher Education Degree Datacheck found that 33% of graduates falsify information in their CV. So clearly, lots of people are telling porkies in their CV.
When is it okay to lie in a CV?
People can justify to themselves the reasons for lying in a CV easily enough. ‘Well, if everyone else is doing it’ or ‘the chances of being found out are so small’. However, it is always better to be open and upfront in a CV. Even what one might consider a small thing, such as upping an exam grade could have potentially huge consequences. This could be a dismissible offence. For serious lies, legal action could follow. So, it’s best never to lie in a CV.