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Top CV tips: why you shouldn’t lie on your engineering CV
Job seeking can be a very stressful time, and being without pay for a long period can cause all sorts of problems. Bills are not getting paid, food is not being put on the table, and lots of other issues can arise from being unemployed. So what’s the solution? Should you tell a few lies on your CV and maybe embellish things a little to get an interview?
If you’re considering doing something like this you really need to read on and find out more about what could go wrong, and the overall consequences of telling ‘porkies’ on your engineering CV. Here’s why you shouldn’t lie:
It will make the interview harder
Having a few embellishments on your CV or even telling some outright lies is going to make things very hard for you during the interview. When questioned about your past work experience, your qualifications and your skills, you are going to have to backup your claims with great answers – and this is where you’ll likely be caught out.
It may seem like a good idea at the time but changing a few job titles around, adding a little more work experience, maybe just the one extra qualification, an extra skill, and maybe even a fake reference is going to make you look foolish when attempting to answer questions.
Experienced interviewers can easily spot a fraud from a mile away, and when your answers don’t flow very well and you stumble from time to time, the employer is going to guess that you are not able to backup the claims you’ve made on your CV.
Writing anything on an engineering CV is the easy part, but as soon as you’re actually face to face with the employer things can turn sour very quickly!
You are wasting everybody’s time
As soon as your lies are uncovered it’s back to square one again and back to reading the job listings searching for your next victim. An employer will put a lot of time and money into the recruitment process, and if you make it through to the interview stage just to be rejected for your CV embellishments, you’ve obviously wasted a lot of time.
You’re also wasting your own time which could be better spent writing an honest and truthful CV and applying for other jobs. You should focus more on how you can write a fantastic CV than how you can make subtle dishonest changes to fool the employer.
You could get fired
If you do get past the interview stage and get the job, there is still a good chance that you’re found out and could be instantly fired. Remember, you’ve been hired because your CV stated you had the right skills and qualifications to do the job. You’re going to get found out very quickly if you can’t actually perform like you said you could, and the employer is going to be left very frustrated.
You might even get fired for under performing rather than your CV lies being exposed, so you’re back to square one again searching for a job rather than making a great career for yourself.
Read more: Can you lie on your CV or résumé?
Q: Should I include professional memberships on my engineering CV?
You’ll notice that many of our CV templates have space for professional memberships. Joining a professional association can help show that you’re involved with the industry in which you work. It can also show your interest in and passion for the industry. Professional organisations within the engineering industry include: