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CV lies unnecessary, graduate job hunters warned

Published: Wednesday, 18 November 2009   Category: Career Advice

Those struggling to find a graduate job in the current climate should not resort to lying on an application, according to one expert.

Peter Panayotou, senior consultant at CV advice firm The Write Stuff, was commenting on a recent survey by Hirescores.com, which revealed that 69 per cent of job candidates have lied in some form to employers.

Mr Panayotou urged graduate job hunters to use CVs as a "sales document", using "action words and inspirational language" in order to persuade potential employers to take them on, rather than having to make up facts.

"People consider a CV a sales document and as such they expect some level of enticement in it. Some of the things on your CV are difficult to refute; such as if you say 'I can work under pressure and to deadlines' - how do they know otherwise?" he explained.

Work Wise UK recently explained that graduate employers will be on the look out for inappropriate tactics due to the volume of CVs they are receiving in the competitive market.

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