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Lying on Resumes: A Bad Idea, An Easy Catch on a Background Check


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Lying on Resumes: A Bad Idea, An Easy Catch on a Background Check

In the coming months thousands will graduate the bastions of higher education and begin the process of acquiring employment. For some it will be a relatively easy task and for others it will be more of a challenge. With the economy showing signs of slowing competition will be high for jobs. And with competition comes individuals willing to stretch the truth and embellish past achievements listed on a resume.

From money.cnn.com (May 06, 16):

... concerns are rising that the U.S. economy is losing momentum. Growth is off to a slow start in 2016. Experts anticipate a spring bounce, but the sluggish April jobs report suggests that pop is either delayed or not going to be that strong. (1)

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com states: "The temptation to lie or alter the truth in order to improve the odds of getting a coveted position could be very high, especially in a challenging economy. And there are still individuals that feel that companies would never be able to discover any fiction on a resume. That is simply not true."

A third-party background screening company has the ability to verify any number of claims made on a resume, including:

Almeida states: "One of the most common embellishments on a resume involves education. It could be degree received, associated groups or organizations, prizes and awards, and so on."

From BusinessNewsWeekly.com (Apr. 21, 16) commenting on a recent Hloom.com survey of hiring managers:

The survey respondents said that lying about which college you attended is the most serious lie that job seekers can make on their résumés. Fibbing about an academic degree, foreign language fluency, college major and grade point average were also ranked among the six most serious résumé lies. (2)

The same article notes the top ten fabrications on a resume:

  1. College graduated from
  2. Employment or work history
  3. Academic degree
  4. Foreign language fluency
  5. College major
  6. GPA
  7. Projects or portfolio
  8. Awards or accomplishments
  9. Promotions
  10. College minor (3)

Research also shows a difference between "real lies" or significant lies and "white lies," embellishments that are considered less offensive or less likely to cause considerable concern with a hiring manager.

From CheatSheet.com (Apr. 25, 16):

...the top “real” lies are mostly centered around education, work history, and accomplishments. The “white” lies, on the other hand, are harder to quantify or verify; it’s hard to make a call, or check out the paper work regarding someone’s “presentation skills,” after all. (4)

A third-party background screening company has the ability to verify any number of items on a resume. Through the use of public records and phone verification, a background check will expose fabrication.

Almeida adds: "In the end it is best to stay honest on a resume. A well-qualified third-party background screening has the tools required to find the truth on nearly every aspect of a resume. It is better to be safe than sorry, or, perhaps, better to be honest than losing a dream job."

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com is a third-party background screening company that assists companies large and small with all of their background screening requirements. With access to databases and public records, as well as researchers available to verify education and past employment, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com has all the tools required to confirm any claim made on a resume.

Notes:

(1) money.cnn.com/2016/05/06/news/economy/april-jobs-report/
(2) businessnewsdaily.com/9004-worst-resume-lies.html
(3) ibid
(4) cheatsheet.com/money-career/this-is-the-worst-lie-you-can-put-on-your-resume.html/?a=viewall

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