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Desperate graduates 'must not lie on CVs'

Published: Monday, 09 November 2009   Category: Career Advice

Graduate job hunters despairing at negative news reports concerning the unemployment of young people must not resort to sneaky tactics during the application process.

That is the opinion of Work Wise UK chief executive Phil Flaxton, who explained that those who lie on their CVs will be found out by graduate employers.

Mr Flaxton warned that some candidates may think they can get away with putting down qualifications or job experiences they do not have, but the current competitive climate means that employers will be especially vigilant.

"I can appreciate that people are in very difficult times, especially as unemployment is set to rise even further next year … but there is a certain protocol and one has got to retain one's self respect," he commented.

Those considering lying on their CV were recently told by independent design company Serif on Onrec.com that a personal brand could help them stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

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