Can you lie about your resume?
It’s true: it’s not easy to find your dream job, and when luck knocks on the door with that perfect offer for you, you would do anything to get an interview with the recruiter. You are also aware that you will have many competitors, and you are mulling over how to go about receiving the fateful invitation to come to the personnel office, for possible hiring.
Lying in the curriculum, however, is not a good idea.
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That company needs a person with an experience of at least two years ? But yes, I have worked in the requiring industry ; okay only six months , but what’s the difference?
I know many things, and I’ll learn more from them if they hire me; yes, I will write in my CV that I have two years of experience .
Do they require a good level of English ? I know a little bit, when I surf the net I look at many foreign sites, and then I was in London for a week and I got away with it, right? In the languages section, I will put: English, professional knowledge ; while I’m at it I add French, I did it in middle school, something I remember.
So I show that I’m the right person.
No, don’t think anywhere near that resume lies can be a good thing. Let’s see why.
99% of candidates lie on their CV
According to expert estimates, 99% of candidates lie on their CV.
If you want to hope to have a chance to make it to the shortlist, you have to be among the 1% that tells the truth.
Precisely because of this very high percentage of liars, recruiters pay particular attention to reading the CV and check the data reported.
For example, if you mention companies where you say you have worked, very often companies contact them for confirmation.
But the field where recruiters proceed the most in-depth assessments are undoubtedly that of the requirements; they will most likely test your skills, and you will have to commit to passing the necessary tests, perhaps even during the interview for possible employment. And if there are lies in the resume, they will find out.
Lying on the resume: what’s the risk?
Anyway, if you have decided to lie on your resume and you’re lucky enough to be hired, the truth will eventually come out and when it does, you’ll lose your job and ruined your reputation.
Don’t forget that companies talk to each other – especially if they are from the same industry – and exchange information on candidates.
But that’s not all.
Lying on the resume can be a serious crime
Many take lightly lies in the curriculum.
Actually, lying in your CV can have very serious consequences, different if the employment relationship is public or private.
For example, in the event of a public competition, if you violate the rules provided by providing false data, you can risk up to two years of imprisonment (see Cass. n. 15535/2008), incurring the crime of falsehood ide in a public deed and also, according to article 496 of the Criminal Procedure Code, in that of false declarations on identity or on personal qualities.
If, on the other hand, the employer is a private individual, lying in the CV not only could lead to dismissal for just cause but ignite the procedure for the claim for damages and the return of all salaries paid.
Furthermore, if you are a professional, you may also be subjected to a disciplinary sanction for ethical offense by the council of the order to which you belong.
Numerous sentences have been issued by the Court of Cassation
The cases concerning the falsification of CVs are well documented and numerous are the sentences issued by the Court of Cassation. For example, the case of a defendant who had attested false statements about his personal qualities in a resume sent to the Municipality, in particular by claiming to have held important roles in television, is known. This is the sentence: “ The principle of law affirmed by this ruling recognizes without hesitation the existence of the crime of false declarations on one’s personal qualities pursuant to art. 496 of the Criminal Code, if the false statements are contained in a curriculum vitae presented to a public body. All this also applies regardless of the failure to comply with the formalities required for the self-declarations referred to in Article 38 of the Presidential Decree n.445 of 2000 “.
No, you really don’t want to lie in your CV.
Much better always say the truth, not only to avoid unpleasant consequences but also and above all to increase the chances of achieving your goal: recruitment.