The job market is tough, and companies have become very picky when it comes to hiring candidates. As such, many people are left wondering how to astound recruiters and craft a résumé that would set them apart from competition. More than half of résumés (53.3%) and job applications have been embellished with false information. The result for companies? Believe it or not, résumé fraud costs employers a whopping $600 million a year. So, recruiters have wakened up and increased their background checks on candidates.
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In this infographic by BackgroundChecks.org, there are a few interesting figures that deal with the realities of résumé fraud and why you should never lie on your résumé.
- An embellished skill set (57%) is one of the most common résumé lies, followed by embellished responsibilities (55%) and dates of employment (42%).
- Financial services (73%), leisure and hospitality (71%) and Information Technology (63%) were the industries where the most résumé fraud has been discovered.
- Men (30%) tend to lie twice as much as women (15%).
- Candidates be careful!: Almost 40% of human resources professionals increased the amount of time they spend checking references.
- 70% of college students admitted they would lie on a résumé to get a job.
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So, if you are thinking of coming up with tales such as claiming to be the assistant of a Prime Minister in a country that has no Prime Minister, then take a look at this infographic. The HR department will probably check your story out before they agree to hire you. And those lies might just cost you your dream job!