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Employers Beware: Padded Résumés, Fake References

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When you have more individuals competing for fewer jobs, it's likely that some will do whatever it takes to land a job — even if that means resorting to dishonesty. Take a look at some of the areas commonly embellished or falsified, and see how you can ferret out the truth.

Educational qualifications, e.g., degrees not earned, degrees from diploma mills, schools not attended, inflated grade point averages, honors not achieved. Tip: Call the school directly to verify, or ask the applicant to provide a certified transcript from the institution.

Places of employment. Employment at companies that supposedly went out of business is not completely impossible to verify. Tip: Ask for paycheck stubs, copies of W-2 forms, or references from former supervisors, co-workers, or clients.

Dates of employment, in order to cover gaps in employment history. Tip: Most employers will at least verify a former employee's job title, starting...(register to read more)

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