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CV fibbers are not 'legally liable'

Published: Friday, 27 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

Graduates looking for jobs in the current competitive climate have been told by CV advice firm the Write Stuff that candidates cannot be held legally liable for lying on their application.

The independent consultancy cited an episode of popular BBC TV programme The Apprentice in which one candidate lied on his CV and suffered no consequences - he ended up winning the competition.

However, the CV advice company has warned that lying may affect future employment opportunities if found out.

Peter Panayotou, senior consultant at the Write Stuff, said: "You should be aware that a CV is a sales document, and is designed to cast you in the best possible light, but you should try to avoid outright lying. Honesty is always the best policy. Generally speaking, be as accurate as possible."

Recent research by the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors found that one in three UK adults have lied on their CV, with 55 per cent feeling that applications usually do not depict their range of skills fully.


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