Ever heard of the phrase 'arranger la verite'??? Well, it
translates to arranging the truth
(We've all done it). There comes a time when we are faced
with situations where we do not necessarily want to lie but the truth
won't exactly set us free either. We result to shifting a few statistics
here and there to put things in order..lol. So what happens when that situation happens to be your resume? You come across a job you feel you can do but your resume doesn't necessarily reflect the same sentiments. Came across this post online about resumes and lies. Pretty funny..thought i'd share. Go through and let me know your thoughts..,
LYING ON YOUR CV ...NECESSARY EVIL?
'Please, don't act like
you don't know people lie on their CV, they add little jara here and
there just to get a job and I really would not blame them: it's not an
easy world out there as a job-seeker and desperate times call for
desperate measures, besides, who is really going to do a background
check to see if e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g on the CV was true or false (especially in Nigeria)? You can also learn on the job so why not fake it till you make it abi? Talk true make devil shame...have you lied on your CV? Ha ha ha...some of us have added jara somewhere.
Lying on your CV could be the best thing you've ever done, after all,
isn't the aim to get a job and feed your family? Get the job then go and
do thanksgiving in Church about how it was such a miracle! Hmmm...God
is good. It can also be something you'd regret doing for a very long
time. Like I said earlier, I do not blame anyone who has resorted to
doing just that; na condition make crayfish bend. Have I lied on my CV
before? Well...I eerrrm...well... *shrugs. I think is a little
frustrating when you have the qualifications yet no one would give you a
call back when you apply for jobs, yet when you add one tiny white lie,
the calls start coming...it's frustrating.
Some argue that there's nothing wrong with lying on your CV as long as
in the end you can prove that you can do what you wrote there. If a job
requires that Microsoft Excel is a necessary skill, you can add it to
your CV and learn it before you start the job. Is that acceptable? You
can learn along the way. Thank God for YouTube!
Stella Oduah is popular for a lot of things but more recently
adding jara on her CV...mama didn't even go light, she put a whole big
degree there, but she forgot to do her homework. Even the former CEO of
Yahoo! was forced to resign
after it was discovered that his resume was a bit urm...you know.
Never ever ever be caught in that kind of situation. It will make your
employer, colleagues question everything you've ever said was true.You
may get away with lying in some countries or some corporations and may
not be so lucky in others.
You do not need to out-rightly lie on your CV, you only need to
embellish it! Embellish is not you a former office administrator writing
that you were the formal assistant general CEO of such and such. Don't
lie about your work experience but word it in a way that would make you
look competent and suitable for the role you're applying for.
Here are some tips:
You can start by adding keywords: look at key words in the job
description for which you're applying and use those key words to
highlight your skills. If you're submitting it electronically keywords
will help your CV/Resume get picked up!
Maybe you don't have a lot of experience? You should focus on your skills section
especially if your're a newbie. Skills like computer skills, management
training, and any certifications you have should increase your chances
of nailing the job. Please don't claim to have skills you clearly don't
possess because if you get the job and you cannot do the thing wey you
say you fit do...yawa dey o.
Hiring managers receive loads of CV's and may not have time to go
through the whole page/pages so you might want to move the most important elements to the top of the CV...put your best foot forward.
Feel free to amend your previous job title especially if it is
synonymous with the current role you're applying for. For example
instead of leaving it as office contact, why not amend it to
administrative assistant? It's just a better name, but same job
description. You get?
If you know your CV is not robust then maybe you should focus on the packaging...it
doesn't hurt. Get the hiring managers attention with a nicely arranged
CV...biko don't be putting florals and hearts oh: not that type of
One tip I always use is sending my CV out in a PDF format, word
documents can appear different on some computers so to make sure
everything is as you want it, save and send as a PDF format.
Do you have other tips? Please share! And tell me too, well...have you sorta added a thing or two to your CV?'
So..,have you?? Is it a necessary evil?? Spill already..,