Multilingual Business Communication

November 2, 2008

Like a little risk? Lie on your CV

Filed under: employee communication, Vanessa Vanleene — Tags: , , , — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 5:50 pm

 

 

 

A survey by consultancy firm The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG) discovered that 1 in 5 CVs contains lies.

 

 

Applicants for a job try to get ahead on the highly competitive job market by adding mistruths to their CV. This trend has lead to employers checking each detail more thoroughly. Indeed, a research by Careerbuilder.nl has found out that almost fifty percent of employers discovered misrepresentations in applicants’ forms. Applicants are especially creative when it comes to reporting on their academic qualifications, previous experiences, job titles and salaries.

 

 

The price for this lying turns out to be very high, as half of the alert employers interviewed by Careerbuilder.nl, immediately dismissed the untruthful candidate. Another forty percent postponed the decision before realizing the relapsing in lies was too great a risk. In the end, a meagre ten percent did recruit the job applicant who was found guilty of ‘cosmetic CV writing’.

 

It seems that on the job market, you can gain ground on your competitors by simply telling the truth. It suffices to take care that editing your CV to offer the most relevant information, does not turn into unflinchingly inflating your past experiences.

 

 

Vanessa Vanleene

 

 

Sources:

 

http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Employment/Article/One_in_five_lies_on_CV.html

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/5336/scan0001cg0.jpg

(“cv’s staan vol leugens” Jobat 31 October 2008, p. 13)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/sep/27/workandcareers.graduates

http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizards/a-z/s.html

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4 Comments »

  1. I like your choice of topic. You have chosen something newsworthy and interesting for your target group.
    A survey by consultancy firm The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG) discovered that 1 in 5 CVs contains lies.

    Applicants for a job try to get ahead on the highly competitive job market by adding mistruths to their CV. This trend has lead to employers checking each detail more thoroughly. Indeed, a research by Careerbuilder.nl has found out that almost fifty percent of employers discovered misrepresentations in applicants’ forms. Applicants are especially creative when it comes to reporting on their academic qualifications, previous experiences, job titles and salaries.

    The price for this lying turns out to be very high, as half of the alert employers interviewed by Careerbuilder.nl, immediately dismissed the untruthful candidate. Another forty percent postponed the decision before realizing the relapsing in lies was too great a risk. In the end, a meagre ten percent did recruit the job applicant who was found guilty of ‘cosmetic CV writing’.

    It seems that on the job market, you can gain ground on your competitors by simply telling the truth. It suffices to take care that editing your CV to offer the most relevant information, does not turn into unflinchingly inflating your past experiences.

    Well-written. Try limiting the white spaces between your paragraphs. I do not understand your links to the imageshack (twice). Furthermore, if you have added your links in your text using hyperlinks, there is no need to add them once more underneath your text.

    Marilyn Michels

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — November 16, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  2. New research of The Risk Advisory Group showed that job applicants tend to embellish their CV even more due to the financial crisis. The group pointed out that three quarters of the resumes sent in autumn 2008 contained lies. Applicants lie particularly about 1) their job titles, 2) academic achievements and 3) work experience.

    Source: Jobat Magazine (March 14, 2009)

    Comment by Elisa Van Peteghem — March 21, 2009 @ 9:08 am

  3. I read an interesting update on this topic.

    According to a recent survey by The Risk Advisory Group, CVs contain more lies in the current recession. During the last year, the percentage of discrepanvcies has increased by 14%! It seems that the current economical crisis influences this tendency: during the last quarter of 2008, as many as 75% of the job applicants wrote at least one lie in their CV.

    Sources:
    http://www.riskadvisory.net/uploads/CV%20lies%20Press%20Release%202009.pdf
    http://www.express.be/joker/nl/platdujour/een-nepdiploma-kopen-op-internet-9-op-de-10-kom-je-er-mee-weg/95496.htm
    http://www.express.be/business/nl/hr/hoe-dieper-de-crisis-hoe-meer-leugens-op-de-cv/104167.htm

    As many as 53% of the job applicants do not tell the truth about their overall employment history. However, the biggest increase (22%) is applicants lying about their educational grades. According to Phillipe Bosmans of the Antwerp detective company Verhaert, Bosmans and Partners, it is possible to buy any kind of fake diploma online. Price depends on quality: an average European bachelor costs 1750 euro, while for a British master with a good reputation, you will pay 20000 euro.

    Comment by Charlotte De Ruytter — March 24, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  4. It is true that applicants do not flinch from lies on their CV. According to the Belgian newspaper the Metro, even a bigger percentage (75%) of the CVs that were screened in the last quarter of 2008, contained at least one lie. It is not surprising that 22% of the employees lie about their academic qualifications since you can buy certificates, including a dissertation and references, on the Internet. If you are willing to put down between € 1,750 and € 20,000, you obtain a master certificate of a British university that enjoys an excellent reputation.

    Consequently, employers do not trust CVs anymore. The recruitment agency Accountemps interrogated 3,000 international managers in 17 countries. More than 50% of the managers was in the belief that CVs from candidates were unreliable and exaggerated. This results in more severe and time-consuming recruitment procedures, namely more individual and group assessments to judge applicants’ capacities. In other words, unfair applicants are making it harder for fair applicants to conquer their dream job…

    (Karen Decabooter)

    Sources:
    Metro, March 10, 2009
    Jobat, February 7, 2009 (p 14)
    http://www.accountemps.be/portal/site/at-be

    Comment by Karen Decabooter — April 4, 2009 @ 2:43 pm


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