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Aussies caught out lying on CVs: survey

Australian jobseekers have been caught lying on their CVs when applying for a job, according to a new recruitment survey which reveals that more than two in three (68%) hiring managers have eliminated a job candidate from consideration after discovering dishonest or exaggerated information on their CV.

According to the report from recruitment firm Robert Half, the most common areas where applicants included dishonest or exaggerated information are:

  • Work experience (60%)
  • Education/degrees/qualifications (48%)
  • Technical skills (48%)
  • Language skills (30%)
  • Duties performed in previous roles (30%)
  • Internships (25%), leadership skills (21%)
  • Project management skills (18%).

Andrew Morris, director of Robert Half Australia, said: “Transparency and honesty during the application and interview process are critical for candidates who want to be considered for a job.

“Many businesses take background checks very seriously, which is made even easier thanks to increased online transparency and social media.

“Once untruthfulness has been discovered, candidates’ professional credibility has been damaged, and their chances of landing the job will be very slim to none, even though they might be ideal for the role.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).