CV lies are unforgivable, detrimental and unnecessary.
Yet it is still surprising how many CVs I see on a regular basis that are embellished, creative and downright untrue.
Even the most senior of executives are known to tell lies on their CVs resulting in their dismissal from their job.
Is it worth telling CV lies?
The answer is a resounding “NO”.
Never tell CV lies. It will not enhance your employability.
Yes, job searching is highly stressful and you might be feeling pressurised to fabricate or enhance your successes at work and show yourself off in a positive and more favourable way. But exaggerating your qualifications, altering your dates of employment to hide career gaps and beefing up your pay scales are not the way to find your ideal job.
Of course you need to you present yourself in the best possible light, after all if you don’t tell a potential employer how good you are and what you are worth how will they know?
If you are under the illusion that everyone tells “CV lies” so it’s ok to do it you would be well advised to think again. The cost of these CV lies can be more than embarrassment; it can be job loss as well or worse still, imprisonment.
Inventing job roles or tasks, concocting certifications and making up information to appear better than you are compromises your job application, your work ethic and your future opportunities.
When the CV lies are uncovered either at interview, within employment or doing payroll runs you may well be labelled in uncomfortable terms which will be wholly detrimental to any future employment offers.
Trust me, it is unwise to tell CV lies.