Embellishment is a common - and risky - practice.
to win that coveted position, job seekers are sometimes tempted
to be "creative" when writing their resumes. But that
doesn't surprise Edward C. Andler.
on resumes has become distressingly common," says Andler,
a "resume detective" and the author of The Complete
Reference Checking Handbook, published by Amacom Books. "And
many people are getting by with it, which appears to be making
others follow suit."
experts like Andler are being hired by U.S. companies, who want
to hire truthful employees and who are eager to avoid costly lawsuits
arising from crimes committed by workers hired without reference
own surveys suggest that as many as one-third of all resume writers
exaggerate their accomplishments, while up to 10 percent "seriously
misrepresent" their background or work histories. In some
fields, such as sales, the numbers are even higher.
many people are getting by with inflating their resumes that sometimes
honest people feel like they also have to do it just to keep up,"
"enhancements" include the addition of fictional degrees,
bogus job titles, vastly inflated responsibilities and changing
dates of employment to bridge periods of unemployment.
Internet, with its many links to questionable firms offering embossed,
certified "diplomas" for sale, may even be contributing
to resume fraud, according to Michael
G. Kessler Associates, a corporate investigation firm in New
resume lies, such as phony degrees, are easy to track. Other fabrications,
particularly those that just stretch the truth, are harder to
detect. "Most companies will only give you dates of employment,
and that's it, no details," Andler says.
Andler says he has other techniques that nearly always ferret
out lies on resumes. Questioning former colleagues and other probing
often reveals clues to past performance and potential problems.
many get away with their fabrications. And that, according to
Andler, is why so many people continue the practice.
message to people who cheat is just don't do it," says Andler.
"We may not catch up with you now, but sooner or later, somebody
Author - Jim Owen