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Lies in your application & résumé: 13 tips on how to do it better

Lies at the Casting and if there are any gaps in the Curriculum vitae are a minor offense for many applicants. Because many companies are primarily looking for applicants with very special knowledge. 13 tips that are better than lies.

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Necessity is the mother of invention?

The need for some applicants is very innovative when it comes to the details in the CV: the work of the copying practice is re-evaluated to the demanding holiday representation, the waiter job becomes a demanding management activity and the beach holiday in Australia becomes an overseas semester with an internship.

For those who are looking for a new job today must meet high standards. If you can not show that, then you have a problem - especially if the list of rejections is getting longer and longer and the gap in your CV gets bigger and bigger. What could be more appropriate than to style your own CV a little to fit perfectly into the job profile. But flunking can be quite eye-catching: Even after years, this can fall back on one.

Why are applicants lying?

But why are applicants still lying? There is a good reason for this: The job requirements are usually so high that some applicants like to take on all sorts of tricks in order to obtain the coveted job. Example: Areas of responsibility: What exactly one has done in the old job can usually not be substantiated as well as soft skills - and therefore the likelihood that the information will be checked is comparatively low.

In addition, a small exaggeration does not seem to many to be a lie according to the motto "Everyone does that", because the demarcation is actually fluid. Many applicants even believe that the most important thing is how good you are sell can and are downright proud of their ingenious paraphrases of the truth. Most of them are of the opinion that too much honesty can even be interpreted as naivety and stupidity.

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A little lies are allowed?

But trained HR Quickly notice in the interview when someone is lying: body language and facial expressions are tell-tale. For example, nervousness, mouth twitching, or rolling eyes indicate lies. In addition, the hiring experts like to ask control questions to verify the veracity.

So they like to control information on social skills with questions about the hobby: Who likes to do things alone in his free time, will hardly be able to work well with others in his job. And false information about professional experience will be available at the latest during the probationary period.

The boundaries are fluid

For example, if you specify language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you are being tested in a job interview by a native speaker. Also, stays abroad that are spent as a study trip should be documented by certificates from courses or excellent language skills.

It is also a little risky for many to lie in former areas of the problem. For, what exactly one did with his old student job, is usually in no testimony, so the danger of the discovery is small. But be careful: some staffers then inquire at the previous employer. At the latest in the trial period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for giving notice.

And also the much-cited, but always very vague soft skills such as Teamwork or glossing over organizational skills too much can be eye-catching. Because hiring experts like to ask control questions to check the truth. They like to check information on social skills with questions about the hobby: Those who like to do things alone in their free time will hardly be able to work particularly well with others at work.

Why lies is problematic

Really problematic, because they are easily verifiable, are, above all, incorrect information in the résumé: It is understandable if someone invents internships abroad, social activities or even jobs in order to close gaps in the résumé, which are a problem especially for young professionals without experience gets bigger with every application.

A trivial offense that is by no means. Because if it comes out, and be it only by a stupid coincidence that the CV was a fake, years later is still a reason for termination.

Caution Fake!

After all, things get really serious when it comes to falsified university or job references: not only can each employer clarify the truth with a few phone calls, but you can also be prosecuted for document falsification.

Anyone who is caught doing this can hardly excuse themselves from a legal point of view: Even manipulation through "incorrect copying" is criminal. So if you are too thick when you lie, you not only risk your good reputation - employers are often networked with each other - but also a criminal complaint.

How much fancy is allowed?

But what can you do without any problems when applying? Quite clear is: Anyone who has certain skills can say that, regardless of whether it can be proven by certificates or not. In order to set yourself apart from the crowd of whitewashers, you should not only list your qualifications, but also describe in detail what you have done. And: Those who present themselves in a personable way and impress the employer with personality rather than enhanced skills sometimes win more than they think.

Anyone who can score less with their subject-specific skills, by the way, legitimately emphasizes other aspects - such as social skills. It is also permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the ground for termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.

Lies in the application: 13 tips

Self-presentation is needed when applying: But where does the beauty of truth stop and where does the lies begin? We will show you what you have to be aware of.

  1. Caution foreign language test: If you have very good language skills, you should be able to speak fluently in that language. It can happen that you have to talk to a native speaker in an interview.
  2. Crack point softskills: We also like to lied about the soft skills that you can not prove. But beware: At the latest in the probationary period, the truth comes to light and is then a reason for termination.
  3. Even without certificates: What is true, you can say! If you have certain abilities, you can say that, no matter if you can prove it through credentials.
  4. Jump out of the crowd: To set yourself apart from the mass of fair-trade: Do not just list qualifications, but describe in detail what you did.
  5. Emphasize the positive aspects: If you can score less with the subject skills, it is perfectly legitimate to emphasize other aspects - such as social skills.
  6. A little beauty is allowed: It is permissible to present things a little more positively than they really are: for example, the cause of termination. However, it is important that no one can prove otherwise.
  7. Personnel ask for: However, some HR professionals inquire with the previous employer. This can be obvious, if you have previously glossed over too much.
  8. Stays abroad as a study trip? Of course, it makes sense to make a study trip from your stay abroad. But you should be able to prove this with testimonials from courses - or excellent language skills.
  9. Never falsify credentials: Whether it's the diploma or a Certificate of employment is: The forgery of documents can still come out years later by a stupid coincidence and then there is a threat of criminal charges and immediate charges Termination.
  10. No excuses! Anyone who catches us falsifying documents is also hard to excuse: Even manipulation through "incorrect copying" is criminal.
  11. Apply only for suitable jobs: In order not to run the risk, to lie: Apply precisely. Less is more: use more care on the few applications.
  12. How well do you have to fit into the profile? Of course, you can not meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, you should already meet two-thirds of the requirements.
  13. Your CV does not fit the profile? Be sympathetic and impress the employer with personality rather than lies.

Conclusion: Applying for the best is better than lying

In order not to run the risk of lying at all: better advertise accurately, ie to places whose requirements exactly match their own profile. Certainly the selection of suitable jobs will be lower. But: Less is more in the case, because instead of standardized mass applications, then you use the few applications more care.

Of course, nobody can meet all the requirements that are required in a job posting. But as a guideline, that two-thirds of the requirements should already fit.

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  7. Simone Janson says:

    Hello Mr. Lenz,
    thank you for your factual comment.

    I think even the high demands in job advertisements seduce to cheat. For example, graduates usually can not prove years of work experience, but have no chance to be hired. A vicious circle, which some people think only comes out with cheating.

    Another problem is that it is not easy for professionals to interpret the perfectly trimmed content of job advertisements, they simply lack the experience. Also demhab schummelversuche act quickly.

    And finally, another aspect: Even if you go through the cheating, the question is whether you are happy yourself. After all, whoever cheats, must always bend further.

  8. Johannes Lenz says:

    Hello Mrs. Janson,

    the text is really good, mainly because it shows that "experienced recruiters" recognize the fraud immediately, even if there are many applicants for a job. Ultimately, the personal interview shows the applicant's integrity and credibility. This is the acid test.

    However, the question arises, why many of the one or other coloring and / or lying. Are they so frustrated because of a lack of success that this pain threshold also falls? Is it pure intent or simply because others do so.

    I have already mentioned the strong argument in your text and it follows from this that honesty lasts the longest, as the saying goes. And targeted application is sometimes the better application strategy. However, the competitive situation among applicants is also increasing at the moment. Perhaps this also tempts you to “cheat”?

    With kind regards from Stuttgart

    Johannes Lenz

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