Resume fraud has always been a part of the employer/applicant relationship. In the past, embellishments and exaggerations on a resume were not so commonplace and fewer companies felt the need to confirm resume information. While the jury is still out on exactly how many people lie on their resumes, the general consensus is that between 50-70% of applicants have been in some way untruthful about their experience or background. The increasing prevalence of fraudulent resumes being circulated around the employment market has many companies wondering why more applicants are lying, and what measures a company can take to prevent it from happening to them.
While some applicants may feel comfortable with only slightly altering the facts of their resume, many more are learning how to fabricate entire backgrounds and experience. Why is this trend emerging now? Many financial experts believe that the economic recession and the subsequent stagnant employment rate is creating a generation of applicants that are more comfortable with lying in an interview in order to get a job. Where at one time many people would pause before inventing a college degree or previous job title, people are now feeling justified in falsifying applications because of the difficulty of finding work in the first place. Fake resumes are becoming so popular that websites are popping up in mainstream web promoting and encouraging potential hires to lie, and even giving them tips and ideas on how to do it successfully.
The damage that these false resumes isn’t just effecting employers, its hurting qualified applicants as well. However, the increasing rate of fake resumes is not the real issue, it is employers’ tolerance of this resume fraud. Businesses that do not check the information given to them on resumes are not only allowing unqualified employees into their company, they’re also preventing honest applicants from gaining employment, which in turn could persuade these individuals to be more dishonest when applying in the future. There is a very simple solution to this epidemic and many companies are beginning to see results. Employment screening is becoming a quickly adopted practice in numerous companies all over the world. Not only does an employment screening prevent applicants from concealing need-to-know information from employers, its also creating a level of excellence that a business promises to uphold. Through a verification search, employment, education and references can be checked thoroughly, and potential problems can be weeded out before they are given an opportunity to begin.