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Misleading CV's

Ive been surprised by candidates that are less than truthful on their CV's

   
1:02 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member essex_boy is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



How common is it that someone amends their CV ?

Ive been surprised by this and its more common than I realized , an MD of a firm once confided in me that he was a failed lawyer and he only took his recent job as he needed a job, no other reason.....

Looking at Linkedin I found his CV, no mention of ever being a solicitor - surprised I truly was, I only looked to see how he handle it on his CV.

Their own HR officer has also lied on her CV ! failing to mention firms that she worked for that went busted, another director has also failed to mention a previous job for various reasons.

Has anyone else come across this in such a high employment positions ?
3:04 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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How about Yahoo's ex CEO
Yahoo just released a statement that its board will “review” today’s revelation that the bio of its CEO Scott Thompson contained an error related to his educational achievements and will make “appropriate disclosure” about what happened.

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I do remember employing a couple of people, at different times, and their cv's were proven, later, to have 'additional' entries.

I guess it could have been worse, but it did waste some time until they moved on and I employed and trained up others.
6:25 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes that reminds me, I worked with a guy a say 'X' firm who claimed to have had a job at 'Y' firm. Sadly for him my brother had the same job at the same time..... I wonder what he was hiding.
8:03 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't usually consider "failing to mention" quite the same as a lie.

Making stuff up, now that's a problem.
9:05 pm on Nov 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Not exactly high profile but my CV said "various short term contracts" for a period the 91 recession which meant that I had been reduced to doing data entry for a few months after the real job went belly up.

In the music business reading between the lines of performers' CVs is fun such as the singer who said that he had played at a major London venue. He had but not in the way he implied, it was in the Tuesday night open mic in the bar.
3:35 am on Nov 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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besides what buckworks said I wouldn't consider a LinkedIn profile as equivalent to a resume, unless it was specifically represented as such.
some employers require or strongly encourage a LI profile but that doesn't require you to expose your entire work history.

if I was working for enron in the 90s I would happily describe how legitimate that was in an interview but I'm not sure I would brag about it on a social network.