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To ask -do you lie on your CV

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FirestarterJackie · 30/09/2022 23:10

Well do you?

I do. Yeah I move a few jobs around, fill in some gaps nothing major

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notdaddycool · 01/10/2022 00:16

No, just as well, once got recruited through Odgers and part of the service was lots of checks.

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OverTheRubicon · 01/10/2022 00:16

jetadore · 01/10/2022 00:13

Yes. Everyone does.

They really don't.

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PToosher · 01/10/2022 00:16

Never lied on my CV but after I got offered less than the advertised salary for a job, because they 'couldn't offer me that much more than I previously earned', I've bumped up my supposed earnings on occasion.

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LuciaPopp · 01/10/2022 00:17

jetadore · 01/10/2022 00:13

Yes. Everyone does.

They really don’t.

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jetadore · 01/10/2022 00:21

LuciaPopp · 01/10/2022 00:17

They really don’t.

Aye, right

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70billionthnamechange · 01/10/2022 00:23

This thread is making me laugh! Suck typical answers

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Throwawaytoday · 01/10/2022 00:27

I am wantonly grey about my GCSEs and A-Levels.

I stated 11x A*-B GCSEs (I got 11 Bs) and 4x A-C A-Levels (I got a B and 3 Cs).

My degree and professional qualifications and experience are all accurate.

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TheMoops · 01/10/2022 00:29

jetadore · 01/10/2022 00:13

Yes. Everyone does.

No they don't

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PastMyBestBeforeDate · 01/10/2022 00:33

No I don't

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ilovesooty · 01/10/2022 00:41

jetadore · 01/10/2022 00:13

Yes. Everyone does.

No they don't.

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2bazookas · 01/10/2022 00:50

No I do not.
I regard it as absolutely pointless and self-defeating.

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StClare101 · 01/10/2022 00:59

No. I don’t need to and in the industry I work in the stringent background checking would expose me anyway.

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RJnomore1 · 01/10/2022 01:01

Only by occasionally not including all of my qualifications if they aren’t relevant.

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PinkPrettyAndPointed · 01/10/2022 01:03

No. But I have only started my CV from when I moved into the area I'm currently in, effectively lopping off 8 years of work history.

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JaceLancs · 01/10/2022 01:05

No but because I have no need to!
DP does but he moves around a lot and would have a cv longer than most people if he didn’t group a few things together

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ErrolTheDragon · 01/10/2022 01:09

Throwawaytoday · 01/10/2022 00:27

I am wantonly grey about my GCSEs and A-Levels.

I stated 11x A*-B GCSEs (I got 11 Bs) and 4x A-C A-Levels (I got a B and 3 Cs).

My degree and professional qualifications and experience are all accurate.

That's not 'grey', it's a lie. Rather a transparent one, liable to land your CV in the bin.

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Luredbyapomegranate · 01/10/2022 01:16

I read a lot of CVS and everyone exaggerates like mad and I am sure people fill in gaps. It’s normal.

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RiverSkater · 01/10/2022 01:18

I'm genuinely unsure about dates for jobs 20+ years ago.

And I really want to say I have GCSEs as opposed to O levels, saying that really age me. But that is lying right?

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BasiliskStare · 01/10/2022 01:41

I think writing about things you have done in a good way ( not lying) is probably normal - outright lies can get you sacked as @Xenia said .

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HangOnToYourself · 01/10/2022 01:48

No I dont feel I need to, I've been in employment for 20 years since age 16 so I have no need to. I took a few months off after I had Dd but I dont feel the need to hide that. My job role can be quite generic so to stand out I go for an outcomes based CV rather than just listing responsibilities and i find that quite a productive approach

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PureBlackVoid · 01/10/2022 01:50

I embellish experience. If I’ve done a good-sounding task once, it goes straight down under responsibilities. I have lied about the reason for a gap, but not about dates etc (because employers don’t seem to like the idea of just taking a break for a few months to do nothing)

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Namenic · 01/10/2022 01:51

No. So stressful to lie. Consequences could be big.

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BasiliskStare · 01/10/2022 01:59

Honestly both DH and I have had to dismiss people for outright lies on their CV. Would you employ a dishonest person.

Finessing your CV to put forward what you have done which suits the job - I think is fine

There may be those whose lies are not found out , but if it is the consequences as a PP said are severe. I wouldn't do it

I think empty gaps on a CV as long as not untrue can be put down to taking time out for whatever reason.

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ChiefWiggumsBoy · 01/10/2022 02:06

I genuinely don’t know what I could lie about that wouldn’t be instantly found out tbh.

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PrincessInDisguise · 01/10/2022 02:50

I used to put 10 GCSE'S grades A-C when I actually have 9 in that range and a D in music, as I thought it looked more impressive.

Other than that, no I don't.

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