Increase of Lying Found in Resumes

Despite an increase in background checks during the interviewing and hiring process, studies report an increase in resume fraud.

In a nationwide survey conducted by careerbuilder.com, 58% of hiring managers said that they have found a lie on a resume, and 33% of them acknowledged an increase in resume fraud since the 2008 Recession. Even though the economy is slowly recovering, the continued increase of applicants lying on their resumes could be prompted by the stiff job competition. Applicants feel the need to embellish their resumes to stand out among the crowd.

Most Common Resume Lies

In the survey it was found that applicants were more likely to lie on certain portions of their resume than others. The following are the most lies commonly found on a resume:

  1. Embellished skill set: 57 percent
  2. Embellished responsibilities: 55 percent
  3. Dates of employment: 42 percent
  4. Job title: 34 percent
  5. Academic degree: 33 percent
  6. Companies worked for: 26 percent
  7. Awards: 18 percent

However, lying is not the right way stand out. Even if they aren’t caught right away, many have been discovered years after the fact. Recently, two men managed to build careers based off of resume lies, one a professor at NUS and the other a successful basketball coach at Manhattan College. Their deception remained undetected until they tried to move up in their careers and applied with different universities. Even though their first employers did not run a background check to verify their resumes, their prospective employers did. All of sudden both men were out of a job offer and jobs.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t match your resume to the job description, just make sure you use accurate information. Hiring managers say that you don’t necessarily have to be a perfect fit. A good fit is better than a perfect fit based on false information.

Reporting a California Eviction

Since laws regarding evictions are a matter of the state, the way you report evictions and discover them during background checks varies. Legislature regarding what information can be accessed in California differs from other states.

What Information is Available?

Landlords and property management companies will generally refuse to rent to anyone who has been involved in an eviction case—even if the case was dismissed or was ruled in favor of the tenant. Since this is unfair to those tenants who technically have no blemish on their record, California created a law to prevent this from happening.

California passed a law in 1992 disallowing certain eviction case information from being included in credit reports. However that law was quickly deemed to be unconstitutional since eviction cases are considered a matter of public record.

Consequently, California a then passed another law keeping eviction cases from becoming public record for 60 days (as opposed to the traditional 30 days). The law also strikes tenant names from eviction cases if the tenant wins the case with the allotted 60 days. However, the law permits anyone having “good cause” access to these records. (Applicants should either way include this information on a job, credit or rental application or risk being sued for fraud, among other consequences.)

Who Reports Evictions?

The Landlord doesn’t have to report the eviction for it to show up on record. Tenant reporting agencies search public records for the information and then update their databases.

What is Included on Eviction Reports?

Since evictions are not included on credit reports, a separate check will be required for evictions. An eviction report includes monetary and non-monetary judgments, possession-only judgments, property damage claims, and skips

Education Verification is Trickier Than it Seems

Thanks to education verification you won’t have to guess whether or not an applicant’s PhD, master’s or even bachelor’s degree is legitimate or not. A background check through Victig will not only check past employment, salary and dates, but will also verify your applicant’s education and degrees. Unlike other background check companies that use a database to check their information, Victig goes right to the source, ensuring that your information is accurate and up-to-date.

You may wonder if this is even necessary. Would someone be so brazen as to lie about a degree? Shockingly, the answer is yes. Nearly one-third of applicants lie about their education background and degree (or the lack thereof). With such a high concentration of applicants falsifying some aspect of their education, Victig doesn’t leave anything up to chance. Victig will contact the registrar’s office to verify degrees obtained, date of completion, and areas of study.

If a company does end up hiring an employee with a fake degree, there could be serious repercussions for the company. The company’s reputation could take a hit, especially if the employee in question held a high ranking position and the media catches wind of the incident. The company could also face litigation if the employee were in a position of trust or safety (such as an accountant or health professional). The embarrassment and potential problems are just not worth taking a risk—always verify an applicant’s education.

Many companies conduct their own background checks, but sometimes discovering a fake degree is trickier than it seems. A fake degree is no longer just a lie on a resume, but often backed up by false documents and proof. Diploma mills provide diplomas, references, transcripts, websites, and even phone numbers for the express purpose of tricking companies calling to verify degrees. Diploma mills are rampant in the United States. Research discovered that 457 LinkedIn members had fake diplomas listed from just one diploma mill.

Don’t leave your company’s reputation up to chance. Make sure that the employees you hire are qualified for their positions by always running a background check through Victig.