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New online services give aid to résumé cheaters

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The Internet continues to make HR’s job of verifying résumé claims almost impossible. As job-seekers have become more desperate in the past year, a host of new online services have emerged that help applicants falsify their résumés.

Latest example: offers “personalized job references services.” For a fee, users can list on their résumé fake businesses and positions, plus a phone number that rings at the CareerExcuse office. From there, someone will verify the false employment info. Unethical, yes, but apparently not illegal.

The lesson: Dig deeper when checking references. Ask applicants for names of past supervisors who can discuss intimate (and real) details of the person’s experience.


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