Don’t lie on your CV
LYING on your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is very tempting, especially if you’re entering the job market for the first time or are having no luck in landing an interview. But, what if during an interview a potential employer asked you to use “your skills”, like saying something in Spanish and you couldn’t even recall Ricky Martin’s La Vida Loca? Lying on a CV, will leave you embarrassed and red-faced when the truth comes out. But that’s stating the obvious, right?
Here are a few other common CV lies that jobseekers still persist to include in their job applications, and one’s you should avoid:
An exaggerated education. According to Refcheck Advanced data, a leading company in pre-employment and background screening solutions, the most common CV lies are found in the education section. These include non-existent certificates, and inflated educational qualifications. When your employer or colleagues ask questions related to your background, things can quickly backfire when you find that you have to create new lies to cover the initial lie.
Stating skills that you actually know nothing about. 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.
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.
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›ll do differently and how you will be a better employee because of your experience.
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. Phrases you need to ban from your CV When comes to creating a CV, there are a few CV phrases you should avoid using at all costs. Not only will they make you seem “generic”, they might be the cause of your CV being thrown straight into the bin. Not sure what to omit? Take a look at the list we’ve compiled for you. I work well within a team So too were the slackers who were anything but team players during their previous employers. Almost everyone who’s applying for any position is going to be a “team player”, even if they won’t. So by saying the same thing, how is you CV going to stand out from the rest? Even if you really take one for the team, show this by, for example, writing that at your previous company you and a co-worker were recognised for your team effort on a winning project. I’m motivated Saying that you’re a self-motivated individual simply isn’t enough. Rather use an exam- ple from a previous job where you’ve excelled at finding innovative solutions to company problems. If you’ve improved your HR system or made recommendations to improve sales for example, include it in your CV.
My responsibilities include...
Now in all honesty recruiters aren’t concerned about your responsibilities - they can figure those out from your job title. If there are any exceptional duties that you feel most people in your position are not responsible for, include them in your CV, but don’t waffle on about each and every one of your tasks. Keep it simple and highlight the best parts.
I have a proven track record
This means nothing to recruiter unless you state examples. For example, if you’re known for being punctual, say it. Employers love workers who respect their time. I’m a fantastic communicator What do you mean by communicator? Have your communication skills helped your previous organisation in any way? Have you received an award or were you recognised for your outstanding communication skills? Use these examples instead of just placing a vague phrase on your CV; it will hold the recruiter’s attention better.
Fast-paced environments is where I thrive
This is a great trait to have as many people buckle under pressure. What’s not great is simply writing this phrase on your CV without any supporting facts. If you’ve met an impossible deadline, be sure to include it on your CV.
Hazy phrases on your CV or cover letter are never a good idea if you want to get hired. Use terms and words that are specific and will sell you in the best possible light. You have one chance to impress, don’t waste it. — careers24.com
IF you can’t do the job you’ve listed, don’t lie about it on your CV.