Recession 'may lead to more lying on CVs'

25-02-2009

Recession 'may lead to more lying on CVs'
The current economic downturn in the UK could lead to increasing numbers of jobseekers lying on their CVs, it has been claimed.

According to the Recruitment Society, as so many people are now struggling to find employment, an "element of safety in numbers" comes into play.

The group explains that people begin to think it is acceptable to lie on their applications because they believe that everyone else will be doing the same thing.

One of the problems employers face is that embellishments can be subtle, such as a person exaggerating the role they played in a group project.

Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, said: "There's less chance that people are going to be caught out, unless it's very obvious things – dates being the classic ones."

The CV Survey, recently published by the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, revealed that 22.8 per cent of respondents had lied on their applications.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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