Honesty is the key: Top three things people lie in their CV

Morgan McKinley November 15, 2013 2 mins read

Most job seekers tend to stretch the truth a little bit in their CV.

A lot of Chinese candidates are content with moderate "nip-n-tuck". For example, merging several months of employment gap into previous and current jobs; giving generic leave reasons such as "career development" and "taking care of a sick family member". However, a good number of candidates in China prefer a more drastic make-over of their CV in the following forms.

1) Dates of employment

While merging a couple of months of employment gap might seem to be a "misdemeanor" in CV lies, hiding an entire period of employment history can be considered a "felony"-level offense. "To make CV look less jumpy" is a typical excuse for such action.
Another derivation of the dates comes in the form of when CV indicates the candidate is still working for Company XYZ, but upon calling the candidate, one will be told by the candidate that he quit Company XYZ and started at a new firm three months ago. This situation is often referred to as the "outdated CV" scenario.

2) Personal achievement

Some candidates are not quite clear of the notion that participating in a project doesn't equal to leading the project or taking ownership of all assigned responsibilities for the project team. Or worse, watching someone else do the job won't suddenly make one an expert in that field.

3) Sales figures

For front-office, sales-oriented roles, hard sales numbers written on the CV deserve a harder look. "120% achievement of sales target" may mean the team has achieved this goal instead of an individual. "1mm revenue for the month" could just be a tally of the entire sales pipeline for the month.

It is important, and sometimes necessary for job-seeking professionals to embellish their CV in order to get the face-to-face interviews. Candidates must keep in mind that honesty is a key component and is the first thing multinational employers look for in a potentially suitable future employee. Creativity must be exercised within the boundary of ethical job searching practices.

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