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Searching for a new job or career is one of the most important things that you may have to do in your life from time to time. Whether you are looking to start a career, seeking progress in Your Career, or just happy to do something not too demanding in the course of earning an income, it has high importance. Without a job you have no source of income; eventually your self esteem suffers as does your lifestyle.

It is an acknowledged fact that the employment market is probably in the worst state that it could be in, from a job seeker’s point of view. Poor economic conditions, not just in the U.S., but throughout the world, have forced many companies to close down, and many people have lost their jobs. The result is that the competition for each and every vacancy is fierce. In order to give yourself the very best chance of securing the position you are pursuing, you have to stand out from the crowd of other applicants.

The starting point is your curriculum vitae (CV). Apart from carrying appropriate details, your CV should list your schooling (including college and university), any qualifications gained, plus other relevant work experience. Your CV also needs to list your special achievements since it is the first document that will introduce you to the Prospective Employer. Hence, anything that can differentiate you from the crowd, anything positive that makes you stand out, needs to be included.

However, the one thing you must avoid is the temptation to tell lies. It can be very tempting to try and “big yourself up” to make yourself sound a little more attractive than you really are. While we all do this to a certain extent, you have to accentuate the positive and omit anything negative without resorting to lies.

Lying is troublesome for several reasons. While morally and ethically it is wrong, it may also weigh on your mind and dent your confidence. If you do get caught, it will ruin all prospects of employment with that particular employer or agency. No one in their right mind would want to knowingly employ a liar.

On the other hand, honesty is a virtue that is greatly admired. People who are honest tend to have other positive virtues that many people take for granted, but to employers, these other virtues can count for a lot; these include good time keeping, good attendance, a conscientious approach to work and general trust worthiness. If an employer gets his shortlist down to two candidates, one of which he knows he can trust, and therefore rely on, that is the candidate he will choose. So, make no bones about it, honesty is indeed a virtue, and could land you the job you desperately want to win.

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