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'Don't lie' on graduate job CVs

Published: Monday, 22 June 2009   Category: Career Advice

A graduate job expert has told those leaving university this summer that being untruthful on a CV is a "waste of time".

Chris Cater, deputy founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, was commenting on the results of a recent survey by the Department of Work and Pensions, which claimed over a quarter of Brits have lied or exaggerated on their CV.

Although Mr Carter admitted that graduates are probably the least likely to lie because they are not expected to have extensive experience, he warned that employers do check up on the verity of qualifications claims.

He said: "Don't lie, full stop. If you lie or exaggerate the truth, especially in today's environment, and you get caught out … they will automatically ask you to leave the company, or if you haven't started they will actually withdraw the offer."

Independent consultancy the Write Stuff, which specialises in CV advice, also recently warned jobseekers, such as graduates, that lying on job applications can affect future employability.


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