The Write Way to Get a Job: don’t lie!

 

The Write Way to Get a JobWhatever you need to write about yourself in your job search, at all costs you must avoid lying to your recruiters and potential employers. Here are some handy hints to help you make sure your CV/résumé and other documentation show you in your best light without telling any untruths.

It’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this series, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential explains the best ways to express your career information in your CV/résumé.

And if you want to catch up on all the earlier articles in the series, just check out the sidebar to the the right > > > > they’re all there for you to help yourself.

Here’s Lynn…

It is surprising how many lies are found on CVs / résumés.

Yes, it is important to make the most of your CV and to capitalise on the knowledge, skills and experience you have.  However, blatantly exaggerating and lying about the extent of your skills is a foolish thing to do.

Some indiscretions might improve your suitability and get you an interview; in fact you might even land the job. However, truth will always out in the end, and you are highly likely to be compromised at some point and have to admit that you are not as good as you claim to be or can not do what you are expected to do.

How will that look?

Honesty is always the best policy

Fabricated work histories, made-up responsibilities and even falsehoods about your employer (did you REALLY work for Lord Sugar or Donald Trump?) appear regularly on CVs. The fictional mention of being a prefect, captain or monitor at school may also not be the best representation of your abilities and will also contrive to put you on the back foot should you be questioned more closely at any stage of the recruitment process.

Making things up that you have not done and pretending you have achieved goals that are relevant to the job you are applying for might seem like a good idea since clearly the right experience and suitable skills are what the recruiters are looking for.  However, being called to account for misinformation results in heartache and more disappointment.

You might even get blacklisted.

Recruiters aren’t stupid

small__7793770020It is a bad idea and mind boggling that people continue to lie on their CVs when it is easy for recruiters to carry out some simple investigations and verify candidate’s claims.  OK, not all companies check every detail about their potential employees past history but it is possible to quickly discover sufficient information to oust the liar.

A candidate that has straight As at GCSE and A levels that works in a fast food outlet since leaving school will certainly be questioned in depth. Or most probably, because there is a lack of consistency, the application will be discarded.

In my book, “Get That Job”, I advocate that your CV is your very own marketing tool and that it is essential that you use it to present yourself in the best way possible.

So what’s the difference between boasting/bragging and self-promotion?

It is a big mistake to appear boastful throughout your CV.  A great many people make outrageous and pumped up claims in their CV that despite a realistic training and work history it is unbelievable that they have achieved the level they suggest they are at.

Prerequisite for many roles is the ability to use information technology. Would it surprise you to know that there are many augmented claims of IT prowess and program use?  When these are put to the test, the candidates fall foul and fall dramatically into the failure pit.

Watch you don’t contradict yourself

Whilst we are on the subject of untruths, how many of you read through your own CV and realise that you contradict yourself? You claim in one section to be, for example, an astute negotiator and in another you counter claim something else.  You might also detail your competency level in a language but your explanation and evidence is contrary.    

Recruiters also see CVs that list dates that overlap and raise questions about which date is correct and what the applicant was doing at that time.

Emphasising disinformation is clearly unacceptable and most inadvisable.

Don’t do it.

Let us know of your experiences in compiling a good CV for your job hunting … which approaches you’ve used and how they changed your chances!

The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)
“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)
“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write INSTANT DOWNLOAD now available!

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