Walking on the university stage in your gown with a smile, while relentlessly looking for your family on graduation and looking forward to kicking off your career is one of the highlights of many people’s lives.

The reality is especially in South Africa; the job market is not as great as we all wish it were, and opportunities are quite scarce.

Resulting in a rise in people lying about their experience, skills and worse of all qualifications.

5 Reasons why you shouldn’t lie on your CV 

Lies manifest and not in the namaste way 

You think to yourself it’s one lie, and no one can pick it up, it’s not an important one. 

In the case, you’ve lied about having a skill you don’t have and adopted the “Fake it till you make it” attitude.

You get an interview; you’re feeling on top of the world, realizing that “maybe it was a good idea, after all.”  

The interview is going well, and the question comes up about that unnecessary skill you “have”.

You have no idea how to answer, and you’re losing confidence with every word you’re trying to mutter out and try come up with something to back that you have an idea of what you’re saying.   

All you’ve done now is tell more lies.

It makes no sense why you can’t answer, and now it’s too late to come out and say “I lied, I don’t have that skill”.

You’ve not only wasted the recruiter and interviewers time but also yours.
If you get the job, you’d be spending a significant amount of your time lying not only to one person but everyone you work with.

Is it truly worth it? Take the time to acquire or learn that skill instead, so you can spend less time tracing lies.

You will lose your job 

The possibility of losing your job when the truth is out is high! You may not be caught immediately; it can take years for your employer to realize that you’re a fraud, but when they do find out it’s a no brainer that you’ll be in trouble.  

“Employers may approach the High Court to recover damages they have suffered as a result of the fraudulent misrepresentation.” BusinessTech.  

Employers are taking these cases more seriously and now have more options than disciplinary hearings and dismissals.

Read about what happened to a fellow South African who lied on his CV: http://bit.ly/2NnkC4G

“The 2018 BSI report noted that employers are becoming increasingly aware that these checks alone are not enough to gauge a candidate’s suitability. As a result, there is growing market recognition on the importance of conducting employment history checks and the comprehensive vetting of candidate CVs, for both part-time and full-time appointments. Understanding this should make it clear to candidates that an honest approach is the only approach.

Background Checks reveal the truth

Background screening is a crucial step in the hiring process, many organizations are opting for them, these help with uncovering the facts.

Screening is a form of risk mitigation, ensuring the organization is hiring the right candidate for the job. Academic, criminal and reference checks can reveal if what’s being said on your CV are facts.

This is why performing a background check on yourself is always a good idea!

Employers are aware that some candidates may be falsifying information and are becoming more rigorous with the vetting process.

According to MIE, some of the information by or about a candidate that is most commonly found to have been misrepresented when undertaking background checks includes: 

• A candidate having a criminal record 

• Fraudulent or a misrepresented qualification

• A candidate having an unfavourable credit record

• Fake identity or driver’s licence documents

• Misrepresented employment history

Because organizations hate facing reputational damage, they’re tightening the rope on their hiring process, leaving you with one option, to TELL THE TRUTH. 

Professional Damage 

The financial repercussions and unemployment will not be your only stresses, once you’re a known liar.  

Professional damage in some cases can be far more painful than a disciplinary hearing, especially if you held a senior position in your industry.

Your colleagues will no longer trust you and your capabilities but the industry as a whole will lose faith and not want to associate with you. You are ultimately affecting your chances of getting another job.

You know how it goes, professions/industries have circles and people talk. One thing you can count on is the word getting around that your qualifications are from the University of Life.

Professional damage coincides with reputational damage. It’s inevitable for your personal brand also to be tarnished once your professional one is in the mud. 

People may forget the friendly and helpful person you are and see you more as a liar. While this lie was only for the work environment, it can affect your personal life as well. 

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act

In short, the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act states lying on your CV or social media could land you in jail for five years.  

Section 32B(3) of the Act provides that “A person is guilty of an offence if such person falsely or fraudulently claims to be holding a qualification or part-qualification registered on the NQF or awarded by an education institution, skills development provider, QC or obtained from a lawfully recognized foreign institution.” In terms of s32B(6), any person convicted of an offence in terms of s32B(3) is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or to both a fine and imprisonment. 

The problem is not new to South Africa; people have been lying for years about their qualifications and skills. The Act ensures that anyone willing to take the risky and falsify should deal with the consequences. 

Click here to download the Act 

There isn’t a quick route to your dream job, hard work and dedication are the only things that will get you there.

The repercussions are harsh and simply not worth it. Employment checks can easily pick up your education history, work experience and skillset.

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