Many lie to get a job, study says

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ONE in three Aus­tralians ad­mits to hav­ing lied to their em­ploy­ers about their ca­reer cre­den­tials to get the job, new re­search finds.

The study, com­mis­sioned by reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Up­skilled, re­veals ex­ag­ger­a­tion, in­fla­tion or out­right lies about pre­vi­ous po­si­tions, train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions are rife in the work­force and not just in job in­ter­views or on re­sumes.

South Aus­tralians, how­ever, are the most hon­est com­pared with coun­ter­parts in other states, with only one in five work­ers ad­mit­ting ly­ing to em­ploy­ers.

Women are slightly less likely at 31 per cent to lie than men at 33 per cent.

The study also found one in three work­ers had lied to friends, part­ners and fam­ily to try to im­press them, in­creas­ing to 60 per cent of staff in the 16 to 24-year age bracket.

About one in five work­ers is ashamed or em­bar­rassed about their job, lack of ca­reer pro­gres­sion or qual­i­fi­ca­tion and of those about half ad­mit pres­sure from friends and fam­ily to earn a higher salary.

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