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.