Scrutinize resumes; layoffs increase lying

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Raise your skepticism a few notches. Resume fudging is on the rise again.

The so-called Liar's Index, the percentage of applicants who falsify their educational credentials, has risen steadily in the past three years, according to the index's creator, Jude M. Werra Associates, a Wisconsin-based executive search firm.

Fueling the trend: the spate of recent layoffs and the slowing economy. Applicants who feel more desperate tend to add that extra punch to their rÈsumÈs. Also, the Internet is full of diploma mills that hand out dubious degrees and credentials for little or no work.

Applicants lie most about their education, followed by their reasons for leaving past jobs, salary, job titles, scope of duties and criminal records.

No business is immune. People with criminal records have tried to hide their past when applying for jobs at police departments and even for positions at background-checking firms. (Of course, hones...(register to read more)

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