Why you shouldn’t ever lie on your CV
We all stretch the truth a little here and there, especially when job searching. However, there are many very important reasons why you shouldn’t lie on your CV, as tempting as it may seem.
It’s almost expected that candidates may add a few little embellishments to a job application that don’t quite match reality. However, outright lies and creating CVs that are totally false can have serious consequences that could stall your career.
To help you avoid falling into this trap, this article looks at what can happen if you do misrepresent yourself when you write a CV. It focuses on the negative consequences that can arise, how this could affect your chances of getting hired why the risks of lying simply aren’t worth it.
Can you lie on your CV?
Anyone can (and many often do) lie on their CV. However, it’s not at all recommended. Depending on the scale of the lies and if they are discovered the outcomes can be seriously negative. Nevertheless, many people chance their arm at this every year.
Naturally, just because you can lie on a CV doesn’t mean that you should. Honesty is a highly valued soft skill and showing a lack of integrity can destroy confidence in your abilities and slow down your job hunting progress.
Is it illegal to lie on your CV?
Technically speaking it’s not against the law to lie on your CV in most circumstances. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t end up in legal hot water if you do so.
In the event that you’ve got the job based on your mistruths and this has led to the company subsequently losing money, clients or other assets because of your lack of qualifications or knowledge you could be held legally liable.
What happens if you lie on your CV?
Assuming you (unwisely) decide to go ahead and submit a CV that’s playing fast and loose with the truth, there are a number of things that can happen. Let’s take a look at just what can go wrong and where you could come unstuck.
You will probably be found out
If you’ve falsified your references, made up companies that don’t exist or given yourself an imaginary promotion, you’ll be discovered pretty quickly. HR staff and recruiters will often do a little digging and due-diligence to make sure your claims can be substantiated.
Normally, they will speak to your former employers or referees to get an idea of your performance and personality. Additionally, the age of social media makes it even easier to do background checks to see if you really did what you say you achieved.
If it is found out that you’ve been making up your achievements, exaggerating your position in a company or falsifying your work history or education, you will be hastily ejected from the hiring process for the job in question. Unlike in other cases, you will also not be kept in consideration for future roles too, so you can expect to see your bridges truly burned if you are caught.
This can have even more far-reaching consequences if you do get hired and later found out. If it is later discovered that you invented key facts about your career and subsequently got the role, you could be dismissed or seriously harm your relationship with your bosses and the company.
You could develop a bad reputation in your sector
In addition to getting fired or not getting hired, you could also damage your prospects of finding jobs in the future. This is because your tendency to lie could be noted and shared with other potential employers.
Recruiters will often talk amongst each other and if you get a particularly bad rep for doing this, it could really affect your chances of being in consideration for roles in the field in the near future.
There are many famous examples of executives, academics and even political leaders who have made up qualifications and got caught in the act and who’s careers have suffered as a result.
Whilst you can recover even if you get caught lying on your document when it comes time for you to update your CV, remember that honesty is the best policy. Instead of making up information, try instead to focus on making what you already have really stand out.
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