CV Tip: Lie on your CV! - CV Plaza

CV Tip: Lie on your CV!

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 13 Apr 2021

Wait a minute; did CV Plaza just endorse lying on a CV? Well, of course not!

We are glad that you have joined us though; welcome, and please read this article carefully because it contains some important information about lying on CVs.

Lying on a cv

Lying on a CV or being dishonest will not help you in any way. Besides it being wrong on all moral and ethical grounds, it can also cause you a lot of trouble.

What kind of trouble, I hear you ask? Well, besides being instantly dismissed from your job, there have been individuals in the past such as Lee Whitehead and Rhiannon Mackay who have been JAILED for lying on their CVs.

  • Lee Whitehead was given a three-months jail term after claiming to have a doctorate and master’s degree whereas in fact he only had a second-class science degree…
  • Rhiannon Mackay was jailed for six months after she decorated her CV with two A-Levels which she didn’t possess and forgery of a reference letter…

These two examples alone should be enough to make you think twice about lying on your CV. You will be caught, sooner or later, so why risk your career? Why not do your best, just like everyone else, and gain as much work experience and as many qualifications as you can so that you are ready and prepared for the job you really want?

How do employers check for lies on a CV?

Employers, especially from the Human Resources (HR), are excellent at spotting inconsistencies and lies on CVs. They have to because, first of all, they have years of experience with recruiting people and, secondly, they are getting paid to identify the most genuine, hard-working and capable candidates for employment.

The following are some methods that employers use to catch out lies on CVs:

  • Use of two references (for background checks)
  • Asking for original certificates and diplomas
  • Use of tax records to catch out lies or deception about salary or payments
  • Use professional agencies that specialise in pre-employment checks
  • During the interview ask tough and tricky questions, while observing the answer

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).