With large numbers of people currently looking for new positions as a result of the pandemic, competition for jobs is fierce.
If you’ve been jobhunting for some time, without much success, it could be tempting to look at your CV and think of adding false information, to make it more appealing to potential employers.
You might think about exaggerating your experience, your level of education and your skills, and being less than honest about your employment history.
But our advice is, don’t! Lying on a CV is never a good idea – it’s bad for potential employers, bad for recruiters and, importantly, bad for you too.
Imagine you are in an interview and you are asked about skills you have fabricated. How do you answer? Can you blag your way through or will you fall at this hurdle? It will be clear to the interviewing panel that all is not as it seems. You’ll be discounted as a potential employee, and may even start building a poor reputation on the back of this.
Even worse, what if you somehow get through the interview, and land the job. Will you be able to perform the tasks you claim to know so much about?
If you make up previous employment history, this lie is likely to be uncovered during the application process and employment checks stage. Again, it doesn’t improve your chances of landing a job and in fact damages your reputation.
While honesty is essential, this doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the skills, experiences and employment history that you do have.
There is a difference between talking about what you can do, and being proud of your skills, and exaggerating them. Employers and recruiters see through this latter tactic.
Focus your CV on your skills, and remember to include those you may have acquired through non-work activities. For example, if you are going into a care role but have limited work experience, you may have personal experience of caring for a friend or family member that you can refer to.
Be positive, showcase what you do, give examples, relevant facts and figures, and – above all – be truthful.
If you are jobhunting, there is positive news on the horizon. According to latest information, from the Office for National Statistics, vacancies continued to recover from September to November 2020, although they do remain below pre-pandemic levels.
Interestingly, the smallest businesses, with one to nine employees, have only 7,000 (5.9%) fewer vacancies than a year ago. This compares to the largest businesses, with 2,500 or more employees, which have 114,000 (39.4%) fewer vacancies than a year ago.
So the message is, there is work out there and – as recruiters – we are certainly seeing more and more vacancies coming through for the sectors we cover: driving, commercial, industrial and healthcare.
At 24-7 Staffing, we support employers and jobseekers in Chippenham, Bristol, Salisbury, Wiltshire and the South West.