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Nearly half of CVs embellished

Published: Friday, 04 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers applying for graduate jobs have been warned not to embellish their CVs in order to beat the competition.

Kroll Background Worldwide (KBW), a background screening company, has reported a significant increase in the number of candidates fabricating content on their CVs, according to HR magazine.

The company reported a 115 per cent rise in factual inaccuracies on CVs over the past year, with nearly half (42 per cent) of all resumes it screened last year containing inconsistencies.

That is up from just 19 per cent in 2009.

Employment history (41 per cent) was the greatest source of falsifications, followed by education (19 per cent). Only two per cent went so far as to lie about which qualifications they held.

Alexandra Kelly, EMEA managing director of HireRight, which owns KBW, told the news provider: "The pressure of the recession on the job market has led to a dramatic rise in CV irregularities with applicants believing they should lie or embellish their resumes in order to stand out from the crowd."

Meanwhile, Peter Panayotou, a senior consultant at the Write Stuff, has claimed that a strong CV is the key to making it to the interview stage.

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