Resume honesty is it still virtue or is it long gone?
Every time a public person or a high flying CEO has been discovered lying in their Resumes, the debate starts all over again – and in Comoto’s home country the debate is hot these days due to Amanda Jacobsen a female CEO of Gate-Gourmet and her Resumes lies and expected criminal wrong doings – similar case is in the press in Germany due to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (German Defense Minister) academic misconduct.
These current cases and a lot of other cases shows that it is easier for the candidate than ever to compile a false Resume and lie in their Resume – but also two other important facts.
- The lies could have been discovered in minutes if the Resume receiver had been more professional; and
- The lies stays as they are produced – years later when you might not need it – it is part of your past history and today the internet history is easy to find and check.
But how big of a problem is Resume misconduct actually – every time a story hits the press statistics are mentioned – is it 10%, 25% or 50% of the Resumes which have errors, omissions, too much “hot air”, lies and/or nonexistent careers or educations?
Some of the biggest surveys on candidate Resumes for discrepancies have been done by The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG), whom annually reviewed over 3,000 candidate Resumes for discrepancies, said that candidates misled firms over everything from employment gaps to fraud committed against previous employers. Their survey shows:
- 49% of Resumes submitted in 2006 contained false information; and
- 65% of Resumes submitted in 2007 contained false information, a staggering rise of 16 per cent and very high numbers;
Women in their early 30s tell the most Resumes lies as 77% of the female Resumes contains some kind of untruth; and for Men – close to half of the Resumes for men in the early 20s have some misleading information;
Many of the resume discrepancies uncovered are simple errors or omission but around 10% are more serious!
Remember a misconducting candidate could have a legal responsibility when knowingly accepting a job offer under false pretenses and as soon as you begins to obtain money under false pretenses it may well be deemed as fraud or deception and in most cases it results in a termination of your employment and also remember this new “experience“ will be added to your public Resume and can be easily found by any future employer.
Therefore – just don’t do it!
At Comoto we are working on new free Resume / Curriculum Vitae features which we hope will make it easy (a matter of seconds) for any employer to see if your Resume is correct and accurate – and therefore should be evaluated – and awarded – accordingly!!