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Students warned against embellishing CVs

29 Oct 2008

Students warned against embellishing CVs Students could harm their chances of getting graduate jobs in London if they embellish their CVs, it has been claimed.

Managing director of Career Builder Tony Roy told IT News: "One of the fastest ways to hurt your credibility with a potential employer is to be untruthful, even if your embellishments are minor."

He claimed what people put on their CVs and what they do in the interview says a lot about their character and what they are like to work with.

In a survey by the firm, more than one in ten people admitted to lying on their CV but 46 per cent of employers quizzed said they had found a lie on an application, reports the news provider.

Of those 42 per cent said they had dismissed the application immediately, while 48 per cent said they still considered the candidate but did not hire them.

The company also asked employers what the most outrageous mistakes they had found on application forms, the website states.

Examples included: writing "yes please" when asked about their sex and a claim of having studied aquatic research at the University of Whales.

Meanwhile, according to Job Newswire, older jobseekers are more likely to lie on their CVs.

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