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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




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