Don’t lie on your CV

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

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. — ca­

IF you can’t do the job you’ve listed, don’t lie about it on your CV.

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