Being honest during your job search

The Lies We Tell: ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† h๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต (A Recruiter’s Rant)


As a recruiter, I spend countless hours sifting through CVs and interviewing candidates. Ideally, this should be an exciting part of the process – finding the perfect match for a company and a candidate. But all too often, it turns into a frustrating exercise in unravelling
embellished truths and outright lies. 


Let’s be clear: ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฉ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.


๐Ÿ“ž For Recruiters: It wastes our time and resources. We meticulously sift through 100โ€™s of CVs, screen applications, and schedule interviews – only to discover inconsistencies or blatant falsehoods. This not only delays the hiring process but also damages our trust in these candidates.


๐Ÿคฅ For Candidates: Getting caught in a lie is a surefire way to get disqualified. Worse, it damages your reputation within the industry. Recruiters talk, and a bad experience with a candidate can follow you for years to come.


But beyond the immediate consequences, there’s a deeper impact:

๐Ÿ’” A Broken Relationship: The foundation of any good recruiter-candidate relationship is trust. Lies erode that trust, making genuine connections impossible. This is especially damaging for long-term career prospects, as recruiters rely on building relationships with strong candidates.

๐Ÿ˜ฒ Wasted Potential: When you lie about your skills, experience, or place of residence, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You might land the interview, but you won’t have the skills to do the job, or the interest to work where the company is based. This can damage your confidence and hinder your professional growth.


Here’s the truth: Every recruiter wants to find the perfect candidate. We’re here to help you find your dream job, but we can only do that if we have a clear picture of your location, skills and experience.


So, ditch the lies and embrace honesty.

๐Ÿ’กHighlight your transferable skills and relevant accomplishments.

๐Ÿ’กBe upfront about any gaps in your employment.

๐Ÿ’กIf you lack a specific skill, be open to learning and development opportunities.

๐Ÿ’กBe honest about your location and your preferred working environment.


By being truthful, you show your professionalism and increase your chances of landing a job that’s a great fit.


Remember: Your reputation is your most valuable asset. Don’t jeopardize it with a lie.


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By Therese Otten