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As economy falls, résumé fraud and in-house theft rise

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Raise your skepticism level a few notches—and tell supervisors to do the same. Experts say the sinking economy is leading to desperation from both employees and applicants.

Theft. New research shows that employers are seeing an increase in internal crimes—ranging from fictitious sales transactions to equipment theft—as the economy falters, says a Wall Street Journal report. 

Résumés. The percentage of applicants who falsify their education and job credentials typically increases as the economy heads south. Deeper recessions mean bolder lies. Tip: Don’t shrug off even minor exaggerations; they tell a lot about character and work ethic. For six tips to spotting résumé fraud, go to www.theHRSpecialist.com/resumefraud

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