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How Much Do You Lie On Your CV?

Fluent in five languages with a masters in rocket science? No? Well then, you’re probably not immune to telling the odd fib on the CV, are you?
Exaggerating your speciality in a previous role or skillset (who the hell really knows how to use Microsoft Excel?) is almost so expected these days that breaking down a CV can be a real minefield for recruiters.
So just how much lying is too much when you’re writing a CV, and how guilty are you of pushing the boundaries of truth to look better in front of an employer?
This neat infographic from Backgroundchecks.org tells us just that, listing the most common types of lies told by job seekers, along with the industries in which this thorny issue is most prevalent.
Sorry fellas - on average, men lie twice as much as women, while, perhaps most worrying of all for anyone commonly fibbing on a CV, 51 per cent of employers claimed they would automatically reject a potential employee they believed was lying on their CV.
Word to the wise: you might want to scratch ‘super awesome helicopter pilot’ from your hobbies section now.



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