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UK – One in ten lying on their CV

15 October 2013

One in ten of us have lied on CVs publically listed on LinkedIn, according to research from Adecco, reports Onrec. This information comes shortly after news that one of the City’s top lawyers has been forced to resign after it was discovered he had doctored his CV.

The former City lawyer claimed to have received degrees from Oxford and Harvard, in addition to creatively amending other aspects of his CV. Research from recruitment firm Adecco found that the most common CV lie involved qualifications.

According to the research:

  • 10% lie about their education and/or qualifications
  • 9% lie about their job titles
  • 9% lie about their age
  • 7% lie about the University they attended
  • 7% lie about the school they attended
  • 5% lie about the length of time they were employed and/or their level of experience

Alex Fleming, Operations Director at Adecco, commented: “Your CV is your opportunity to communicate your career history and strengths to prospective employers. It should be as accurate as possible. Although the temptation may be there to smooth out areas of your experience and qualifications that aren’t quite perfect, we would always advise candidates not to lie. It’s often said that the truth will always come out in the end and so it’s much safer to concentrate on your real achievements rather than inventing fictitious ones.” 


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