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A new service is launched to uncover CV fibs

Published: Monday, 25 June 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

As university tuition fees rise, more young Brits looking for jobs are lying on their CVs about degrees and grades they don’t really have. A new service of degree verification has been created now to uncover CV liars.

After asking more than 1,300 current students and graduates, a recent survey commissioned by Graduate Prospects has revealed a rising trend of CV fraud.

Almost a half of those polled – more than four out of ten- stated that more people looking for jobs for graduates will be likely to lie on their CV as university degrees are set to almost triple their costs this summer.

“We know that people are exaggerating their qualifications, but we are yet to identify what proportion is down to error and what is deliberately deceitful,” said Mike Hill, chief executive of careers service Graduate Prospects.

Hill argued that this situation is due to the combination of higher fees and a difficult labour market, which could well make degree fraud more widespread.

Further findings revealed that no small businesses used to verify degrees during their graduate recruitment process these days, while only a fifth of bigger companies check applicant’s CVs.

Bank rolled by the Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England, the degree verification service will aim to find out whether what applicants state on their CV is actually true.

The system, called Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), will check university-related information by operating a secure online database. Employers who want the benefit of this service will have to pay £10 each to make enquiries on applicants’ qualifications.

Top CV lies

The Graduate Prospects survey revealed that 47% of students quote a higher class grade than they really achieved. 29% lie about course completion, stating that they finished a course when they only did part of it. 13% of applicants write a different course subject in their CV to match the employers’ requirements and 11% deliberately lie about degrees they don’t actually have.

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