Lying On Your Resume Is Not Good For Your Career

April 19, 2011

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Another highly visible executive lied on his resume about his educational credentials.

Unfortunately this is a very common occurrence.  Studies show that over 50% of applicants lie about their job and educational history. Resume lies include falsifying academic credentials, padding dates to mask employment gaps, exaggerating job titles, embellishing job responsibilities and achievements, claiming sole responsibility for team efforts and even making up fictitious employers.

A thorough background check will usually detect these lies and save your company precious time, money and embarrassment.

City puts brakes on hiring Smithsonian fleet manager after he flunks background check

(Source: nydailynews.com) New York’s plan to put one person in charge of its 26,000 vehicles sputtered to a halt when he flunked a city background check, sources told the Daily News.  Bill Griffiths, the fleet manager at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, had been picked as New York’s first Citywide Chief Fleet Management Officer.

When the Department of Investigation checked his résumé, however, it found he claimed an educational credential he hadn’t really earned, three sources said.  The sources would not say what the credential was, but the offer was rescinded for the post – which would have paid up to $185,000 a year.

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Best Employee Screening Articles For August & September 2009

October 1, 2009

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Truth and Lies On Resumes

September 3, 2009

Katie Couric reports on Andrea Stanfield,  a woman who not only lied on her resume and was making over $100,000, she wrote a book about it, called “Phony! How I Faked My Way Through Life.”

“When we started working on a story about resume fraud and whether more people were lying on their resumes now because the job market is so tight, our biggest challenge was finding someone who would admit he or she lied on their resume. No easy task.

Andrea Stanfield said it’s not like she sat down and formulated a plan to lie. Locked in a battle for custody of her young daughter, she was desperate for a well-paying job but every position said “bachelor’s degree required, bachelor’s degree required,” she repeated during an interview outside her St. Petersburg, Florida home. So the Ohio native added “B.A. Business Administration/Akron University” to her resume when she only had a high school diploma. The college is actually called the University of Akron.

Ultimately, when her boss was accused of embezzling millions from the company and an investigation was likely, she quit because she feared she might get caught and could no longer handle living the lie. Her husband at the time was shocked by the revelation, she says, and their marriage, this her second, quickly came to an end. ”

A simple background check could have prevented all this.

Andrea has plenty of advice for anyone who might consider lying to get a job in the tight labor market: “Don’t do it.”

Read the entire story “Faking Your Resume” here.

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Never, Never Lie On Your Resume

July 20, 2009

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Secretsofthejobhunt.com has a good article titled ” Should I lie on my résumé?” by Ginger Korljan.

“Today I learned about a new website which for a fee, will fabricate job history, degrees, and references for a résumé. Their justification? “A résumé is not a legal document.” They even provide an answering service if a potential employer wants to follow up with a phone call. I was astonished that any company would be so brazen to attempt this outright illegal activity, and even more astonished that people are actually buying it!

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May 4, 2009

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Job Applicants Are More Likely To Lie As The Recession Grows

April 7, 2009

Enterprises thinking about cutting budgets for investigations and employee screening should think again. National and international studies recently show that job applicants at all position levels are more likely to lie as the recession grows.

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April 2, 2009

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Resume Fraud A Growing Concern

March 12, 2009

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consulting firm, released their monthly update on CEO departures.  They report that CEO departures in February 2009 were at the lowest monthly turnover since December 2004.  They also report that resume fraud is a growing concern.

Resume fraud is likely to become more prevalent in the downturn, even among high-level executives. With increased competition for available positions, there is more pressure to find and keep a position. With this pressure comes the temptation to embellish one’s education or work record. More of these embellishments are likely to be uncovered, however, as companies become more selective and more diligent in the vetting process.”

I say it’s about time companies are more selective with their C-Level Executives.  Believe it or not, many companies screen their janitors more thoroughly than their executives.  For more on executive screening go here.

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February 2, 2009

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Resume Fraud Pays

January 30, 2009

Microsemi Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer that supplies military and aerospace customers, decided to let CEO James Peterson keep his job even though he lied on his resume.  On 1/29/09, the board decided Peterson’s value to shareholders outweighed the fact that he never earned a diploma from Brigham Young University in Utah, where he attended classes in 1979 and 1980.

He will be penalized with a $100,000 fine and forego a bonus for fiscal 2009.

According to the company’s press release the Board has adopted a number of Company-wide remedial measures, which include:

  • The Company will conduct background checks on all current and future Section 16 Officers and Directors.
  • The Board will confirm that the Company’s Human Resources Department is continuing to verify an individual’s credentials prior to making an offer of employment or when senior personnel join the Company as a result of an acquisition.
  • The Board will amend the Company’s Code of Ethics to make clear that misrepresentations of one’s credentials constitute an express breach of the Code, and could result in punishment including financial penalties and termination.
  • Requiring all press releases to undergo an appropriate, documented review and verification process prior to issuance.

I’m surprised that Microsemi Corporation didn’t have these measures in place already.

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