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Little White Lies

Embellishing your resume can catch up to you.

by Gail Czech (April 17, 2006)

(Note: Gail is president of The Creative Network, the only personnel recruiting firm that specializes in our industry.)

Employers are beginning to scrutinize resumes closer than ever before. Researchers for a survey conducted by ResumeDoctor.com in 2005 reviewed a large number of resumes and found that 42.7%, had at least one "inaccuracy" and approximately 13% had two or more factual errors.

When employers call for educational and employment places, they strive to verify three sections: Dates of Employment, Job Titles or Roles, and Education.

Some of the inaccuracies found are related to employment dates as a result of a candidate trying to cover up periods of unemployment.

A job title is often embellished, however that can be easily verified.

Embellishing educational qualifications are also red flags. We have found that a number of candidates listed a degree on their resume but never actually finished all the requirements or attained a degree.

Another red flag is indicated by not putting a date on the finished degree. Many people feel they might be telling their age, however by eliminating the date, that is the first thing that an employer notices and questions.

Embellishing or omitting information on a resume speaks to a person's integrity. That is a risk that is taken much too often on resumes.

Providing references: Chances are the people you provide as references are going to say something good about you. However, if the person checking references asks if it is ok to call a former supervisor or someone who has been a superior, even if they are not listed on the reference list, then any resume embellishments could easily catch up with you.

(Note: To see a listing of the jobs currently available through The Creative Network, click on Jobs in the left-hand column. To contact Gail, call 360-604-0802, email gail@creativenetworkinc.com, or visit www.creativenetworkinc.com. To read previous entries in Kate's Collage, click on the titles in the right-hand column.)

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