More than one in three students (38%) have lied on their CV at least once, reveals new insight from a nationwide study. Proving to be a nation prone to a little white lie or two, the research found almost a quarter of those questioned (24%) admitted to stretching the truth on their CVs on a regular basis.
The statistics, which were compiled by JOB TODAY hiring app, highlighted how the fabrications also differed between men and women. 42% of men admitted to telling fibs on their CV at one time or another, only a third of women (38%) owned up to doing the same. Across the board, both sexes revealed that fear of the competition was the biggest factor behind the need to exaggerate their past experience.
The UK’s top three most dishonest jobseekers are:
1 – London (44%)
2 – Yorkshire and Humber (42%)
3 – West Midlands (40%)
London came out on top as the most deceitful region of students, with almost half (44%) admitting to tampering with the truth on their CVs.
42% of men admitted to telling fibs on their CV at one time or another, only a third of women (38%) owned up to doing the same. Across the board, both sexes revealed that fear of the competition was the biggest factor behind the need to exaggerate their past experience.
Candidates in the West Midlands as well as those in Yorkshire and Humber also put their hands up to adding fictional tales to résumés. Meanwhile, north of the border students in Scotland came out as the most honest with a whopping 74% claiming to have never told a lie on a CV.
Co-Founder of JOB TODAY, Polina Montano, a true business trailblazer who is transforming recruitment for casual jobs, adds, “We’ve all had an interview go wrong, but it’s important to pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes. Our tips may seem simple but the statistics show that people still make silly mistakes that can easily be avoided.”
JOB TODAY is the fastest growing hiring platform in the world and it works: since launch in 2015 JOB TODAY has processed over 100 million applications, helping hundreds of thousands of people find jobs.