CVS / MAR. 09, 2015
version 11, draft 11

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Lie on Your CV


Lying on a CV is actually more common than you think. This has become a standard practice nowadays as many jobseekers are exaggerating their skills, adding false references or even lying about their education! Not only that, many people create a ‘fake’ CV in an attempt to impress employers and get the job! In fact, you will be quite surprised to learn how many people are lying on their CVs.

See Also: More Than Half of Resumes Contain Lies

According to Hire Right, the numbers are very high:

  • 80% of all CVs are misleading.
  • 20% state fake degrees.
  • 30% change employment dates.
  • 40% have exaggerated salary claims.
  • 30% have inaccurate job descriptions.
  • 27% give fake references.

So the real question is why lie on your CV? Is it really worth it? Let’s take a look why you should never lie on your CV when applying for jobs:

#1 You Risk Getting Fired

If you have lied on your CV and managed to get away with it and still got the job, you are a true hero. Of course, it depends on the lies you are putting on your CV. Many people lie about their skills, job titles and education while others prefer to stretch the truth by extending the time they worked at a company. The only problem with lying and getting the job is that if your employer discovers your little secret he has the right to terminate the employment contract and as a result you are left jobless.

#2 You May be Facing Legal Action

If you want to go to jail the easiest thing you have to do is lie on your CV. Truth is, lying on your CV might end up really badly. If the lie caused the employer to offer you the job making you more marketable and suitable for the position then there it’s highly possible you are going to have to present yourself to court!   Obviously this happens only when you are going overboard with lies on your CV and falsifying your whole professional career.

A few years back, attorney Soma Sengupta thought there was nothing wrong with lying about her age on her CV. When a clerk at the British law firm noticed that the woman was around her late 40s – not 30s as stated, he started investigating her files. When the firm realised that Sengupta’s application was entirely fake after falsifying college and law school diplomas, law transcripts and reference letters, she was put on trial in court at Manhattan facing forgery!

#3 You are Damaging Your Reputation

Apart from risking getting fired and facing legal charges, lying on your CV can seriously damage your professional reputation. Especially if you have applied for a big popular firm and you get caught lying to them! If your industry is relatively small or specialised, word travels fast which means you are hindering your own chances of future employment after being ‘flagged’ by employers due to dishonesty. It’s best to think before you lie on your CV since just a small lie can have many career consequences.

See Also: How to Use Resume Samples and Avoid Plagiarism

Lying on your CV will only jeopardise your future. Now that you know the consequences of ‘embellishing’ your CV, you should make sure you are representing the truth and that you are 100% honest with yourself. Remember that your credentials are often checked for plagiarism and background checks!

Have you ever lied on your CV? Let us know your experiences in the comment section below!

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'





Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'

G up arrow
</script> </script>