Raise your skepticism a few notches. Résumé fudging is on the rise again.
The percentage of applicants who falsify their educational credentials and job experience typically goes up when the economy heads south. Recent layoffs and the financial meltdown have applicants feeling desperate, and desperate applicants tend to add that extra punch to their résumés.
Investigators at Kroll, Inc., which does, estimate that 20% of job applicants exaggerate their educational backgrounds. More than 60% of HR pros told the Society for Human Resource that they have uncovered inaccuracies when checking the veracity of résumés.
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...(register to read more)