Did you lose a year in your CV because of some love drama? Then tell them straight, that you needed to “sort out personal issues” in order to work effectively.
Whatever you did in the past, turn it around to express you learned something and that this made you better suited for this position than the “past you”.
What lying on job applications actually can cost you
Think about the scary amount of personal information that is already out there on the internet. Did you ever google your name?
Try it. I’ll be waiting.
What about the information you share on Facebook. Do you honestly think that if one looked carefully enough, they would not be able to dig up some dirt about you?
Now, what will happen if you blatantly lie about something crucial on your job application?
You will get fired. That is what will happen.
What if you have something in your past to hide?
We are all human. Even the HR employee is a human with weaknesses and flaws.
So, what to do if you have something serious to hide.
- Don’t bring it up until you are asked directly about it.
- Try to brush it off as it being something private and personal.
- Convince the HR employee that you have overcome this past burden and that it won’t interfere with your ability to work.
Turning the negative into an opportunity
It takes a certain skill of presenting yourself in the best light possible – in your application letters as well as in the actual job interview.
- Being optimistic, positive and seing the silver lining in every challenge is a skill and a virtue.
- Lying on job applications or pretending something that is not true is a bad idea.
Think hard about each flaw in your CV and past – before you get into the job interview.
Better idea: do what works!
I have shared my top tips about how to get a job. Make use of every resource you have. Then, you won’t be needing lies to find the job you dream of.