Employers turn their fire on untruthful CVs

22 June 2005
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23 June 2005

One in four firms have withdrawn a job offer after discovering a potential recruit lied on their CV.

And nearly another quarter have fired an existing employee for the same offence, a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey has found.

Twenty-three per cent of employers do not always check references, 20 per cent rarely check previous absence and 24 per cent never or rarely check up on academic qualifications. And many employers only check a candidate's most recent work history.

A spokeswoman said of the examples submitted: "Some were misrepresentations and some were outright lies."

Rebecca Clake, CIPD recruitment adviser, said there was nothing wrong with selling yourself when applying for a job, but that candidates should not go too far.

It is the first time the CIPD has included CV fraud in its annual survey of employment issues.

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