A CV should not just reflect the bare facts of your experience ̵
Eighty-five percent of people were caught lying in a CV. In order not to become part of these statistics (even by accident), it is important to know how to beautify with care. Let's take a look at how beautification can help your resume – and how to avoid going too far.
What does beautification mean?
Let's start with the basics. According to the trusted Merriam-Webster dictionary, "beautify" means "to increase the attractiveness through decorative or imaginative details". A synonym would be "improve". How does this work in the context of editing CVs?
When it comes to CVs, this definition may seem particularly vague. Embellishment can mean putting one word over another because it sounds better. It can also mean adding details about your work experience that never actually happened. You have to decide where you want to draw the line.
Our suggestion? Always imagine that you would be asked in a job interview after each part of your resume. If you can talk honestly and in detail about it, you are safe. However, if you have added elements that you find difficult to talk about because they are not entirely true, change them for a more accurate representation.
The best places to add ornaments
The right kind of ornament will not add anything wrong to your resume. Instead, you can impressively present true information. Here are some clever ornamentation ideas that you can use to conduct an interview without changing the facts.
It's obviously a bad idea to falsify dates on your resume – and this is not recommended. However, you can close gaps in your work history by presenting the data in a different way.
In most CVs, for example, employment data is listed by month and year. You may have been working for a job from April 2011 to July 2015 and have been hired in November 2015 for your current job. You can make this month-long gap in employment less clear by deleting the months. Name the first job as 2011-2015 and the second as 2015 present. The information is correct, without pointing out the fact that you were unemployed for almost six months.
Letting things out of your resume can also be a form of beautification. No rule states that every job or activity must be on your resume. If you left an employer on poor terms or did not have a job, you may not want to include it. And of course you should leave out as much irrelevant information as possible.
Sometimes you have no official job title or roles that are not reflected in your actual title. You can add a more accurate and impressive job title to your resume. Just make sure your prospective employer, when calling your previous employer, confirms that the title matches your responsibilities.
You may have been hired to host a restaurant, but have also trained as a waiter so you can occasionally serve a shift. Writing host / server in your resume would be correct, and your former employer might confirm that you have completed both jobs.
While if you do not want to play your skills inaccurately, you can often beautify the area skills without lying. For example, you may have completed training for social media marketing but have never had real social media marketing on the job. This skill may not be very sophisticated, but you can still say that you have it – and if an interviewer asks you, you can be honest about it.
Can you beautify your location? In some cases, the answer is surprisingly yes.
Most employers want to hire local candidates, not people from out of town. However, if you live far away and are ready to move, you can specify the address of a local friend or family member as your own address. (Just make sure they're actually ready to pick you up when you need to go to a job interview.) When prompted, you can tell the interviewer that this is a temporary address and let them know that Move them permanently when you get the job.  Unpaid and Freelance Jobs
If you need to supplement your "Work History" section, you can add volunteer jobs, freelance jobs, and other non-traditional or unpaid experience to the list. The experience still counts and you do not have to realize that it was a voluntary or contractual activity.
or what is officially listed in your job description. You may have taken on roles and tasks that your boss did not even know. But if you did, you can include it in your resume so you will not feel restricted by your job description as you explain your experience.
Your resume should only contain things that you can support by talking about it or that a former employer can officially review. This rule leaves you plenty of room for adornment. So do not hesitate to use these ideas to highlight your CV. More tips on finding a job can be found in our guide to telephone interviews!