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Graduates told not to lie on CVs

Published: Friday, 13 June 2008   Category: Career Advice

Graduates should not make false claims on their CVs, it has been claimed.

Adecco UK managing director Steven Kirkpatrick said applicants should always tell the truth when applying for jobs, rather than following the lead of BBC1's The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen who was found to have exaggerated the length of time he spent on a university course.

Mr Kirkpatrick said: "Not being honest cannot only damage your reputation when looking for another job but a prospective employer may have a higher expectation of your ability than you are capable of."

"If you are honest, but show you are willing to learn, it gives them an opportunity to train you and you can succeed on your own merit."

Scotland on Sunday writer Michelle Rodger claimed this week that more than half of all CVs contain inaccuracies.

She said that lies such as discrepancies in employment and academic dates, fictitious professional qualifications, omitting court decrees and undeclared directorships were all found among applications.

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