Should I lie on my CV?

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
February 17, 2008 3:14pm CST
Hello everybody. Just looking for some advice. I have seen a job I really want and I believe I am in with a chance of getting it. But there was a period in the 1990's when I was not working, at the time I couldn't be bothered! So...my question is, do people go back that far (over 10 years) when they do a resume/CV? If so, should I tell a lie and extend my jobs on either side of this period so that it looks like there was no gap? All replies welcome! Kay
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
17 Feb 08
No, do not lie. It would be better to just say you were taking a sabbatical than to lie about your work history. What if they did check? You can phrase it differently than "I just didn't want to be bothered!" A sabbatical is a good thing. You could have been studying or doing religious work. Any number of things constitute a sabbatical. Shalom~Salaam~Peace
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
17 Feb 08
yes I am just going to have to think of ways to stretch the truth. Thanks
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
17 Feb 08
My advice is to NEVER lie on a CV. It may be no big deal whether you had a 'resting' period 10 years ago but if at anytime after you join the firm someone idly does some checking up, you would stand a very good chance of immediate dismissal. My advice would be to put the dates for the last five years and before that simply mention the highlights (as they may be relevant to the job you are going for) as 'Previous experience'. That way you might effectively disguise a period of not working without actually lying. If they cross-question you at interview, have a better answer than 'I couldn't be bothered'! It depends how long you didn't work for but there are more positive ways of thinking of periods like that.
• Portugal
18 Feb 08
Yup, dont ever lie on CV, the most you can do is to hide some stuff... hide that period and if asked about it say you had to pursue some dream or invested in something that required your full time. Got to think on all possible questions and their possible answers
@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
17 Feb 08
I wouldn't lie on your resume or job application because eventually you will get caught. I have a friend that lied on his resume and had the job for a few years. When the company found out he lied about it, they fired him. It will also cost you the job if they find out before they hire you.
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
17 Feb 08
wow your poor friend. Getting fired after a few years must have come as a shock
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@ellie333 (21029)
17 Feb 08
I never lie on a CV but you can miss bits out. They don't usually go back that far anyway and if asked the question you were taking time out of yoour career to persue other interests, too lazy won't cut it, but you must have hobbies etc. that you enjoy, family that you needed time to visit. Good luck with the job. Ellie :D
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
17 Feb 08
Hi Kay. I believe that you shouldn't lie on your CV because you have to think of the worst case scenario. What if they do call up your old bosses and confirm with them that you were working there for that particular time? If I were you, I'd think of a way to 'stretch the truth' without really lying, if you know what I mean! For example, instead of saying that you didn't work for that period of time because you 'couldn't be bothered' you could say that you took that time off to go travelling, or to help an elderly family member etc etc. I don't know how old you were 10 years ago but perhaps you can say that you took time off to study? If they ask for certificates or whatever you could say you gave it up, realised it wasn't for you and decided to get back into the workforce! So yeah, I wouldn't lie about actual jobs, it will only come back to bite you in the butt!
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
17 Feb 08
hi there - yeah have decided not to lie. Thing is, I was actually doing things I could put in my cv so thats what I am going to do...tanks
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• United States
18 Feb 08
I have gaps in my employment as well due to child care issues. I have always found it best to use honesty. Employers appreciate your honesty and as long as your qualifications fit the job description you will get the job. If you lie and they find out about it, your chances of getting the job will decrease. Honesty is always the best policy in my opinion. :-)
@itsmepinky (1301)
• India
18 Feb 08
no i dun think u should lie on ur resume , coz they will find it out eventually and it might hamper ur career in the future , so i feel its better u tell dem whatever is true
@ladyslew (91)
• United States
18 Feb 08
You shouldn't lie at all because these days it's far too easy to get caught via a computerized check. If you are caught in a lie you will be fired. But don't worry about it. I was always taught never to go back more than 10 years on a CV or resume. Most employers will not bother to check back more than 5 years anyway, and your former employers may not have records going back past ten years.
• United Arab Emirates
18 Feb 08
No. You should never lie on you CV. You may get the job but the lie can come to light any time and you will constantly worrying about it. Always be true to yourself and you will surely make it. All the best for your job. Regards
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Feb 08
Now days employers want a CV only a couple of pages long they do not want to read pages and pages of employment history. I would only go back that far if you had experience in the job area you are applying for. Just be selective with what you put on your CV, put experience and jobs that would assist you in getting this position. CV's are all about showing off your best qualities. Most of us in our life have had gaps in our employment history, you do not need to reveal everything about yourself in job interview. Good luck with your job hunting, allt he best.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
18 Feb 08
i think you should not. most of the companies have background check procedure. so if you get the job now and join, and then it comes to notice that you have lied they can terminate the job. you will be in greater trouble. so i think no one should lie in CV.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
18 Feb 08
It's best to tell the truth on your CV as far as your job history is concerned. Normally you will have to put in the entire history of your working career. If there are several years you were not working, perhaps you just leave these few years out rather than put something false. If the interviewers are curious to know what happened to you during this period, just give a best and honest answer as to why you were not working then. These few years may not matter to them in their selection, but they may appreciate your honesty and integrity, and that may just score you points. What matters is your job attitude, aptitude, skill and experience for the job at hand, and if you are well qualified for it, you stand as good a chance as any other person with similar skill and experience.
• India
18 Feb 08
well you can definitely lie on your CV, just depends on what you are lying about. You cant fudge dates on school / college leaving exams (for twisting the DOB) coz you will have to show certificates for that. But job-wise you can ofcourse fudge the records. Suppose you were unemployed from say 01.02. 1990 to 31.05.1992. before that you were employed in a company for say 2 yrs and after that in another company for 6 months. What you can do is divide your unemployment period between these two companies by saying that you worked for 2 ½ yrs for one company and 1 yr for another company. Just don’t be specific about the dates and remember what you have written. Usually people don’t ask for original appt letters from so long back. Best of luck.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Most companies don't go back that far but some may. I wouldn't lie. Lies always have a way of coming back and biting you in the end. Just think, if you lied and got caught, it would ruin your credibility. Just be strait up.
• United States
18 Feb 08
I'm oly advise to you, the final decicion is at your hand. Better if you tell the truth abd the reason why there was gap.. because keep on lying is very hard to keep maintain, please imagine that if someday some body know that you're lying, what happen? your boss trusth to you will reduced dramatically, means your carrer will hard to promoted. Being onest is the best.. and give all the rest in God's Hand. Good luck
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Just putting my 2 cents in, I wouldn't lie, because like the example SukiSmiles gave, you never know if you get found out, and then you loss your job..Just fill out your resume as honestly as you can and then pray..(I too am working on my resume and have years of no work, but I trust that my past of hard work and skills will be enough)
• United States
18 Feb 08
It is never a good idea to lie on your resume or cover letter. If the employer decides to look further into your resume, and calls these past employers, they will find out that you weren't there. Once that happens, any chance of you being employed by that company is shot. Your best bet is to find the best way to explain that period of unemployment to the prospective employer. You have a better chance of getting the job that way than if you lie on your resume.