How to spot dodgy CVs


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With the federal public service hiring freeze soon to be lifted, there will be thousands, if not tens of thousands of applicants hitting up public service jobs. But what if their CV is full of lies?

A new recruit for your agency is a major expense, especially when so many are in competition for dwindling public service jobs. Which is why it’s paramount you do all the checks and balances you can to make sure that the CVs sitting on your desk aren’t full of lies.

A survey of more than 23,000 businesses by career matching site OneShift last year found that more than 56% had experienced staff lying on their CV. The seven most common things people lie about are dates of employment, job titles, skills and accomplishments, salary, education, responsibilities, and using family and friends for references.

Another recent survey by Talent2 found that more than two thirds of employers (67.2%) have come across job candidates who have lied on their CV, indicating that the act of lying on a resume is likely to be a much more widespread issue.

And while lying on your CV is not a criminal offence, government employers are definitely cracking down on the practice. In a UK case, an employee received a six month suspended prison sentence and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community work for lying on her CV.

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