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Lying on a CV 'can have serious consequences'

Published: Friday, 20 June 2008   Category: Career Advice

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has asserted that there are "serious consequences" to lying on a CV.

Head of public policy for the organisation Anne Fairweather said that a good recruiter will "check a CV thoroughly to ensure that a candidate they are putting forward for a job is indeed the candidate that they say they are on their CV."

Ms Fairweather's comment come after Sir Alan Sugar hired Lee McQueen on the TV show The Apprentice, despite the fact he had lied about his university education on his original application.

She stated that she was "quite surprised" Mr McQueen had triumphed despite this misdemeanour.

"Equally it wasn't that that got him the job at the end of the day. I think most people would recognise that they need to enter an application process honestly," she concluded.

A survey conducted by the Risk Advisory Group has highlighted that more than 50 per cent of CVs admitted for jobs contain factual inaccuracies.

It identified applicants aged between 36 and 40 years old as being the worst offenders.

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