Resume Fraud

According to experts, resume fraud is more common than you think.

Many employers who don’t verify their applicant’s resumes, find out the hard way. More than 50% of hiring managers who check, find inconsistencies on resumes, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

58% of HR managers found inconsistencies regarding past work experience, 54% regarding criminal background checks, and 45% inflated claims of previous salaries. 32% found inconsistencies regarding college degrees and and diplomas. The recent phenomenon of “Diploma mills” where job applicants claim bogus degrees.

Many people don’t outright lie on their resumes, but instead embellish or exaggerate their past accomplishments and other information to make it look more impressive. Long gaps of unemployment resulting from prolonged layoffs during recessions can be a real problem, especially in highly competitive fields.

HR managers often have problems checking references when previous employers are unwilling to share their information for concerns over legal liability. 54% of HR managers have a policy that doesn’t allow the release information about present or past employees.

Disciplinary actions taken varies greatly from one company to another, and is sometimes meted out according to the severity of the fraud or the person’s job performance. In some companies, if the HR manager discovers a lie or inconsistency after the person was hired, the employee may be kept but be required to complete the education falsely stated on the resume in order to be able to advance. In other companies he or she might be immediately fired on the spot.

As professionals in the US face fierce competition from job outsourcing to India, etc.., an impressive resume becomes more crucial than ever, so the temptation to be less than honest on resumes can be expected.

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2 Responses to “Resume Fraud”

  1. Kim Albertini 02/06/2006 at 1:25 pm

    Reume fraud… Of Course nobody mentions that dishonesty, lies & fraud can happen by an employer or company. Accounting books can be cooked in order to escape taxes, a boss or company executives can go out to lunch & drink then submit expenses as such to write off for income tax purposes claiming they were work related meanwhile it had nothing to do with work or business. Products & services could be embellished to make a profit (though when a person looking for a job embellishes a little, well, he’s a criminal), Reports to shareholders could be fudged a little to calm fears. Safety concerns at work could be covered up because it may cost a little money. Anyone who makes a person susceptible to 100% honesty has to do the same for companies who do the above which would be at least 90%.

    Regards

  2. Administrator 02/06/2006 at 2:50 pm

    Exactly! Enron is a classic example.

    Regarding safety concerns, that issue doesn’t just apply to private companies but to Federal Government agencies too. NASA is an excellent example.

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