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‘I lied on my CV for a job at an investment bank’

The dates do not match

The interview can be nerve-wracking enough without the added stress of having to keep a fictional timeline in mind.

“Don’t be tempted to cover up gaps in your employment history by revealing the truth or simply listing the years you were employed rather than the specific months,” advised Ms. Cotton. “Employment data is quickly checked as part of the background check.”

References do not support you

The referral process is crucial to securing a new job, and if you’ve lied about your skills and experience, it’s unlikely to help you, Ms Cotton said. “The true extent of your professional responsibilities and accomplishments will soon become apparent.”

A Google search reveals everything

Finally, beware of the simple Google search. It is common for managers to research their candidates before offering the position. If your resume doesn’t match what’s online — via social media like LinkedIn or even company pages — it could raise doubts.

This is how you make your CV really shine

Victoria McLean of career advice firm CityCV warned that if you’re ever tempted to embellish your resume, you should first consider what it might cost you in the long run.

“If you lie, especially about something critical to your job, and you’re caught, you could face disciplinary action or even be fired,” she said. “It can damage both your professional and personal reputation, and you lose credibility.

Instead, Ms. McLean advised that applicants should first identify what qualities the employer is looking for and then match their own skills and experience to that model. “Look at the language the employer is using in the job ad and base your resume on that.”

She added: “If you’ve had a career break, be brief but specific about why and focus on the positive impact it has brought you.

“For example, if you took time off to care for others, you probably have excellent time management and organizational skills. If you have travelled, it can show that you are open to change and new experiences.”

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/lied-cv-job-investment-bank/ ‘I lied on my CV for a job at an investment bank’

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