Business

Truth unveiled in job applications

Have you ever slightly exaggerated your skills on your CV? Come on, be honest...
Have you ever slightly exaggerated your skills on your CV? Come on, be honest... Georja Ryan

IF TAKING a photo of yourself in the mirror makes you a supermodel, then there are a fair few Elle Macpherson's running around Warwick.

And if you know how to send an email, well, it's a pleasure to meet you Mark Zuckerberg.

So, with these award-winning attributes of course your resume is going to get you that dream job, right?

As long as your employer doesn't do a reference check, background check or stalk your Facebook then you may just get away with it - but then again, they probably will.

Human resource manager at Warwick Big W Distribution Centre Ian Jamieson said though he didn't see many cases of resume inflation, he always reference checked potential employees before sealing the deal.

"We do place a lot of emphasis on the interview and we do reference checking as well," Mr Jamieson said.

Many people across the region are guilty of slightly exaggerating their skills or work history, and psychologist Jan Duggan said she could smell an inflated CV a mile away.

"I personally think someone is suspicious if they talk themself up and talk about how good they are," Mrs Duggan said.

"I've interviewed secretaries and things before and it's really interesting when someone is honest or they say something quirky about them, then you respect that."

She said job hunters should be confident in their own abilities rather than fluffing up qualifications to untrue levels.

"I advise if you're applying for a job then play up certain strengths if they're relevant and play down others that aren't," Mrs Duggan said.

When questioned on the streets of Warwick, not one person admitted to telling a fib on their resume, but then again, if they had they might just lie about that too.

Topics:  application, employment, human resources, jobs, work




More Telstra outages for the Southern Downs this week

The Telstra website shows Warwick's home phones, ADSL and NBN customers will be...

Back Plains set to celebrate

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church opened on May 26, 1901.

Back Plains to celebrate rich history

Ban makes smokers jokers

See what our readers think about smoking bans

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa