I know, you heard it before, don’t lie on your resume. Now you can hear it from the employer’s point of view — and what they’re doing about resume fibs.
Here’s what Net-Temps In-Focus Recruiter News said:
Resume Fraud Is On the Rise
Former FEMA director Michael Brown is not the only person accused of fudging his resume. In a survey of 414 staffing and recruiting firms conducted by StaffingU, 92% reported a significant increase in fraudulent information being included on resumes and employment applications. That survey echoes what background search firm ADP Screening and Selection Services found in a 2003 study. Their research revealed that more than 50% of the people on whom they performed employment and education checks had submitted false information, an increase of 10% over the previous year.
The incidents of fraud are not limited to one or two groups, but are occurring at all levels, including staff, management, and executive positions. The most common “lie” is degree-related, with applicants claiming credentials they don’t have or misrepresenting the type of degree they earned. In 2002, Bausch & Lomb CEO Ronald Zarrella was found to have falsified his credentials by claiming to hold an MBA from the Stern School of Business, a school he attended without earning a diploma. The same year, Kenneth Lonchar, CFO of Veritas Software, was forced to admit that his highest educational accomplishment was an undergraduate degree from Idaho State University and not the Stanford MBA he listed on his resume.
Read on to find out what recruiters and employers are doing to uncover these fibs.