You could argue that -depending on the degree- enhancing one’s CV or job application couldn’t do much harm.
Or could it?
Based on the recent BBC’s 7 Questions on CVs, you might find that a large number of the population is unaware that the habitual engineering of a CV or job application could earn one some 10 -not so lovely- years in jail.
Yup, it’s true – it’s a crime under The Fraud Act 2006 (at least for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the maximum penalty is 10 years.
Some facts about fallen victims of CV fraud, charged with offense of obtaining a pecuniary advantage through deception:
- The first person to be jailed was a Stoke-on-Trent man in 2009 who falsely claimed to have a Doctorate and Masters Degree when applying for a position as the Director of Planning and Modernization for the National Health Service (NHS).
- The Chief Executive of Radio Shack, David Edmondson, was dismissed in 2006 after the employer discovered that 12 years earlier when he joined, David Edmondson had falsely added a Bachelor of Science Degree to his CV.
- Neil Taylor was sentenced to two years imprisonment after he produced a fake degree certificate to secure a £115,000 position as head of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust in 2003.
- None-other than Lord Archer, claimed to have an Oxford University degree, when in fact it was a diploma from the Oxford Department for Education.
What is the statistical probability you will get caught?
Research published by The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG) found that 65 % of CVs contain false information. Furthermore, a 2006 survey by CareerBuilder.com revealed that 57% of employers caught candidates lie on applications. 93% of those employers did not hire the candidate.
With the emergence of professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, professional associations memberships and affiliations, and increased online presence, how would an effective (temporary and repetitive) erase of academic background, work experience and skills, work?
Should you enhance or dis-enhance your CV or job application if you think you would been deemed unqualified or overqualified? Would that also fall under the offense of obtaining advantage through deception?
Have you or would you deceive an employer for a job opportunity?
What (pre)employment laws apply to your area of residence?
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