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Common lies on CVs

Don’t resort to lying – it’ll only leave you embarrassed and red-faced when the truth comes out.
1. An exaggerated education. There have been plenty of incidents of fabricated certificates. Don’t lie about your education or qualifications. Employers do background checks and this is one lie that could land you in jail.

2. Stating skills that you actually know nothing about. Why lie about this? If an employer has hired you based on the fact that you have a particular skill, chances are that you’ll have to use the skill sometime during your job – and if you can’t, what then? If you can’t do it, don’t include it on your CV.

3. Listing fake references. Many times candidates list friends or family as references – don’t. If you get caught out, and you most likely will, your reputation won’t last in your industry and your friends and family may get into trouble too.

4. Your reasons for leaving are not true. If you were fired from your previous job, don’t lie about it – employers check. If you know this is a tough question for you to answer, figure out how best you can tell the employer. Focus on what you learnt from the experience and not why it happened. Explain to the employer what you would do differently and how you will be a better employee because of your experience.

5. You exaggerate your position and responsibilities. The interviewer probably called you because your responsibilities and title were similar to what they were looking for in a candidate. If you can’t do the job you’ve listed, don’t lie about it on your CV.