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How to compensate for gaps in the CV: 5 Tips for an application without lies

One thing is certain: in life cycles, cover letters and discussion talks it is lied that the beams bend. Recruiters regularly experience more or less successful attempts by applicants to make their professional career more glamor than they really are.

Lies in the application process

Beware of false facts!

At first glance, the answer to the (rhetorical) title question is natural clear and clearly: No. If you seriously want to apply at a high level, you should never bring up false facts in your application documents or in the job interview. HR are usually extremely well trained and quickly recognize inconsistencies in the candidate's presentation during the process.

Human resources departments routinely check key information from applicants. In addition to skillful questions in the interview, this happens e.g. B. by contacting former employers, unannounced language tests or by examinations at educational institutions for (university) school degrees or similar.

If the fraud comes out later, after the hiring process, the employee is often free to do so without notice Termination into the house. In short: Don't waste any thought on falsehoods in the application process. Rather concentrate on the question: How do I manage to adequately communicate the critical features of my professional career - without lying?

1. Personal Information

Personal aspects, such as, Such as a disability, a private solitude, health problems (if not relevant to the desired position), or simply your age, your family status, or belonging to an ethnic minority. No employer may discriminate against you in the application procedure for these reasons.

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However, many of the features appear in the course of the application process anyway and then fall - if previously concealed - rather negative in weight. The open dealing with some topics often turns out to be the right way.

It is important not to put this information too much in the foreground, but not in order to keep it quiet as much as possible: it works in yours Casting First and foremost, your professional skills and abilities. If you report on your back complaint on page 1, a potential employer will certainly take it on with skepticism.

2. Long periods of unemployment

Of course it doesn't Sense, Gaps in Curriculum vitae to fill with made up work experience. But: How did you use the forced non-working time? Have you worked on yourself (even through travel) and on professional skills? Did you volunteer? Do not talk about unemployment, but give this phase a meaning. At best, combine it with a quality that could be of interest to the desired employer.

“Packaging” or not - HR managers can of course recognize at a glance that you were or are unemployed, but differentiate between those candidates who have used this time as best they can and those who have not. Belong to the first group and describe this phase appropriately briefly and meaningfully.

3. Lack of training

Many candidates supplement their lack of education and qualifications with a hint or simply false information. The exaggerations in the information on the quality of the foreign language skills of the candidates almost apply as a cavalierdelikt.

It is more and more common that entire university degrees or even courses of study including forged certificate documents are invented. The level of training for many highly qualified positions is e.g. B. in the fields of medicine, law, engineering an essential aspect and a "must-have" in the application process. At this point, it simply seems advisable not to submit an application if you are not qualified.

4. To compensate for gaps in the CV

However, this is not the case in many professional fields. Missing diplomas can be more than compensated by demonstrable expertise, extensive experience, precise performance and convincing professional development and success. Once again,

Set the technical content that is important for the position and the target company - what did your activities look like specifically? What successes have you been able to record for yourself? - skilfully staged. Don't write and talk about dropping out of your degree, but rather about the content and focus of your studies that you have pursued with passion.

5. A question of perspective

Invest time in the clever design of your application documents and the careful preparation for personal discussions in the application process. Create a perspective for the recruiter that shows what distinguishes you as a candidate and makes you different from others.

Restrain less valuable aspects into the background, but stand by. Do not waste your time lying in the application process. It will not go well.

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