Umbrella Company employees and others in search of new work opportunities understandably want their CV’s to stand out from the crowd; however, if they have ever been tempted to tweak the facts, there is a fair chance that they will be found out. A new survey conducted by CareerBuilder has found that 71% of the hiring managers polled have detected a lie on a CV.

Well over one-third of the respondents report that the tendency to embellish CV’s has increased in the wake of the recession. Just 6% said they would be willing to turn a blind eye if they were otherwise impressed with the candidate and 41% would automatically drop a candidate if they found a lie on his or her CV, while 52% said that it would depend upon what the candidate had falsified.

Commenting on the findings, CareerBuilder’s VP of human resources, Rosemary Haefner, said: “Trust is very important in professional relationships, and by lying on your CV you breach that trust from the very outset. If you want to enhance your CV it is better to focus on highlighting tangible examples from your actual experience. Your CV doesn’t necessarily have to be the perfect fit for an organisation, but it needs to be relevant and most importantly accurate.”

The most common falsifications candidates try to slip past employers are:

  • Embellishing their skill set (57%).
  • Embellishing their responsibilities (57%).
  • Misrepresenting employment dates (40%).
  • Misrepresenting job title (36%).
  • Falsifying the companies worked for (32%).
  • Falsifying an academic degree (27%).
  • Falsifying awards or recognitions (15%).


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