The concept of lying on a resume is one that has been around for generations, and spans across every kind of profession. Many applicants not only lie on their resume, they encourage others to do so as well. Some believe there is justification in creating fraudulent resumes because of the tightened hiring market and slow increase of job creation. However, not only does lying not help an applicant keep a job, it actually creates a negative cycle in the employment market that could keep qualified candidates from getting hired.

Because of a growing consistency in resume fabrication, many companies have used tools such as employment screening and applicant background checks to help develop of system of locating these lies and creating a standard that decreases the risk of mismatched employee skill sets. Here are some of the most common lies found on a resume:

1.) Educational background/degree

While many companies are upfront in their expectations that a applicant should have experience in a certain field rather than needing a specific degree, many people will put false degrees from universities in the hopes that their resume will stand out from others. Not only is this a lie that can be easily discovered, it also possibly prevents the applicant with the most experience from getting interviewed. If applicants put their actual credentials instead of false ones on their resume, they would be more likely to have a successful interview than if they create a false history that takes minutes to discover.

2.) Criminal backgrounds

Having a criminal background while interviewing for jobs can be a difficult undertaking, but what hurts chances more is creating a false history that does not include its existence. While some jobs do not require you to state if you have ever been convicted of a crime, a company can fire you for directly lying about it. Many companies are open to hiring people who have criminal backgrounds, but will not be tolerant if it is covered up in resume fraud.

3.) Length of employed time at a previous job

Adjusting the dates of your previous employment to suggest the length of time employed there was much longer than it actually was is a lie that growing in popularity. The rate of layoffs over the last few years has created longer stretches of unemployment time than many would like to reveal to future employers. Not only is this fabrication more common than most, it is actually harder to trace than criminal backgrounds or educational background using simple devices like search engines, because most likely that information will not be made public. It’s important in these cases to use a professional employment screening to determine the actual experience and training a certain employee has had.

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