Why Your Resume (and being truthful) Matters
When you consider that your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first opportunity you have to make a good and lasting impression on a prospective employer and is basically your gateway to a potential job offer, then you are off to a good start!
By remembering that your CV is a 100% reflection of you and how you will be perceived by the reader, you will be fully aware of just how important it is to represent yourself honestly and to the best of your ability. Bear in mind that the information you supply about yourself will be the first piece of information a potential employer has about you, therefore it is clear how essential it is to be completely honest and accurate and being dishonest on your CV is a dangerous path to choose…and here’s why:
You won’t be giving yourself the best chance of success.
Lying to get a position you’re not qualified for prevents you from actually being considered for positions that are more in line with your strengths and this will in turn prevent you from getting the right training and tools you need for success.
Background checks on potential candidates are common practice and very often part of the hiring process. Background checks will provide information about your personal and criminal history and if incorrect information is found to exist on a CV and the results of the background checks conflict with the information given, then you will have risked your credibility and reliability and ruined your chances of progressing further.
If you have embellished your CV and once you have started work are unable to back up your skills and experience, you are leaving yourself wide open to being found out. Your new managers and colleagues will have certain expectations of you based on the information you have provided and you won’t be able to meet them. This means you are setting yourself up for failure, resulting in possible termination of your role in the company.
It is important to value your work experience, skills and achievements and portray the facts as accurately and honestly as possible, particularly for the following reasons:
- Job Applications: Employers use CVs to assess whether a candidate has the qualifications and skills necessary for a specific role. An accurate CV ensures that you present yourself truthfully, showcasing your relevant experience and skills that make you a suitable candidate.
- First Impressions: Your CV is often the first impression a potential employer will have of you. It is essential to make a positive and professional impression right from the beginning. An accurate CV, without any false information or exaggerated claims helps establish trust and credibility with potential employers.
- Background Checks: Employers frequently conduct background checks to verify the information provided on a CV. A dishonest or inaccurate CV can raise red flags and lead to potential disqualification from consideration. Therefore, it is important to ensure that everything mentioned in the CV is verifiable and true.
- Interviews: If your CV successfully secures an interview, you will be asked detailed questions about your work experience and skills. If your CV contains inaccurate information, you may struggle to answer these questions convincingly, damaging your chances of progressing in the hiring process.
- Reputation: Inaccurate information on your CV could not only affect a specific job application but also harm your professional reputation in the long run. Employers may share information about dishonest or inaccurate CVs with others in their professional networks, which could limit future job opportunities.
- Personal Growth: Writing an accurate CV also helps you assess your own skills, achievements and career path. It provides an opportunity to reflect on your experiences and accomplishments, allowing you to identify areas for improvement and set goals for professional growth.
To summarise, an accurate CV is vital in presenting your qualifications, skills and experience truthfully to potential employers and maximises your chances of success. It contributes to making a positive first impression, maintaining credibility and increasing your chances of securing job interviews and future career opportunities.
Employers have the right to rely on the accuracy of the information provided in a CV when making hiring decisions. You should be aware that lying or providing false information on a CV is not only considered unethical but it also can have legal repercussions as misrepresenting one’s qualifications or experience on a CV can be considered as fraud or deception.
The best advice is to represent yourself truthfully and provide accurate information on your CV. Emphasise your genuine qualifications, skills and experiences and focus on highlighting your strengths rather than fabricating details. Taking the time to tailor your CV to each job application and showcasing your authentic abilities can go a long way in securing job opportunities and building a successful career.