As unemployment continues to hover near 10%, the temptation to stretch the truth on a résumé is becoming harder for desperate job-seekers to resist.
That’s why experts say job applicants are doing more “creative writing” on their résumés these days. And hiring managers need to be more vigilant.
A study by business service provider ADP says that 46% of employment and education reference checks conducted last year revealed discrepancies between what the applicant provided and what the source reported. That’s up from 41% in 2006.
Lies vs. exaggerations
Applicants lie most about their education, followed by their reasons for leaving past jobs, salary, job titles, scope of duties and criminal records. Those straightforward lies are caught with deeper drilling by HR and hiring managers.
The other type of “lie” is the vague wording that, in some cases, covers applicants’ flaws. Here are the top 10 vague phrases used on résumés (a...(register to read more)
- Background check isn't enough; tight supervision keeps liability at bay
- Male-dominated mailroom costs Star-Tribune $300,000
- Don't raise performance bar solely on workers taking FMLA
- Document discipline investigation steps to show sincerity, lack of discrimination
- Show how HR helps forward the big boss's goals