Dodgy resumes, fake references and lies about work experience are part and parcel of getting a job, it seems.
A survey of more than 1000 Australians has revealed a third of people admit they've told fibs during a job interview.
The study by Galaxy Research found a huge percentage of people don't think twice about lying to secure a position, with many believing it's the only way to get ahead.
Almost one in five of those who said they had lied to prospective employers admitted that they stretched the truth when it came to job experience.
And 16 per cent of respondents said they'd been deceitful in interviews by getting their mates to act as referees.
One in 10 people said they'd tried to make themselves look better to prospective employers by inflating their past salaries, while 6 per cent of people said they had given fake references.
About 3 per cent of those surveyed said they'd handed in a dodgy resume, which gave details of made-up qualifications.
Sarina Russo Job Access CEO Kevin Ayre said the onus was on employers to double-check applicants' details.
"For example, with referees, you don't just go to the person they nominate but to the HR area of that company," he said.
Ayer said people who do try and cheat should be aware of the ramifications.
"Not only could you not get the job or be dismissed, but if you've doctored records there could be other legal implications."
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