Jobseekers should not lie about health matters on their CV as it may prove costly in the long run, one organisation has advised.
According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), many people bend the truth on their application to increase their chances of getting a job.
The body highlighted the case of a former general manager of Cheltenham Borough Council who is being sued for nearly £1 million after failing to disclose on her CV that she suffered from depression.
Fiona Coombe, director of professional services for the REC, said that it is ultimately up to the candidate to decide whether they want to reveal information such as their medical history.
However, "in the end, it is not sensible to lie because failing to disclose such details can come back to haunt you", she cautioned.
According to a spokesperson for ClickAJob, lies on a CV can kill a career, if not immediately then at some unpredictable stage in the future.
"Living a lie becomes a disaster waiting to happen," he warns.
"In the first few months, losing a job to a lie might be recoverable."
He continues: "But as years pass and seniority accrues, sudden exposure can bring down the whole pack of cards - job, professional relationships, friends, house, car - even the prospect of ever being employed again."
"Rest assured, your past will catch up with you."
In related news, Web Newswire has claimed that using online recruitment websites allows jobseekers to quickly and easily update their CVs.