FIFTY-ONE PERCENT OF JOB HUNTERS FEEL THE NEED TO LIE ON THEIR CV TO LOOK BETTER TO POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS. NEW RESEARCH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW REVEALS EXACTLY WHAT THE NATION FEELS THE MOST PRESSURE TO EXAGGERATE DURING A JOB SEARCH. CONTRIBUTOR JOHN WATKINS, DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYABILITY – THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW.
We’ve all seen the ideal job advertised and been tempted to apply, even if our skills or experience aren’t quite up to scratch. But how many of us feel pressure to lie about our capability on an application?
Research from The University of Law has explored attitudes to exaggerating on CVs to secure a role, revealing that over half of working Brits (51 percent) have felt the pressure to lie, but only one-in-ten (10 percent) have done so and gone on to land the job.
When asked why they would exaggerate on their application, nearly one in five (17 percent) said they’re concerned their experience won’t be enough to land the job. Similarly, 14 percent said they would lie to ensure their CV stood out.
The study also looked into the areas of a CV people feel the most pressure to embellish with nearly a third (30 percent) saying the previous experience section, while one in four (24 percent) claimed it’s the skills section they feel the need to boost. Other areas Brits feel the need to exaggerate include education history (13 percent) and interests outside the workplace (12 percent). More than one in 10 (12 percent) men admitted to feeling pressure to lie about their age, in comparison to only 7 percent of women.
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