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Lying on CV is 'probably easier', say recruiters

Published: Thursday, 26 February 2009   Category: Career Advice

More graduates may be lying on their CVs due to the recession, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

Statistics released by the CIEA say that one in three Britons has lied on or embellished their CV to improve their chances of employment.

The Recruitment Society (TRS) has commented on the surveys statistics, saying that it is "probably easier" to lie on a job application during difficult economic climates.

Steve Huxham, chairman of TRS, also warned against being untruthful on applications, saying: "The problem is, I hate to say it with something as serious as CVs, but there's almost an element of safety in numbers. There's that mentality that makes people think: 'Well, everyone's at it', and then that becomes more difficult for the [employer]."

However, it is also claimed that graduates are less likely to lie than older applicants, who earned their degrees such a long time ago that employers are less likely to check them.

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