As employers looking to fill a vacancy, we know we will typically have to review a ton of resumes prior to finding the right one. We are also aware that many candidates tend to embellish the truth or even tell the occassional white lie to make themselves look better on paper. Unfortunately, it looks like that trend toward lying on a resume may be growing.The employee screening firm, The Risk Advisory Group performed a study of more than 3,000 CVs submitted by candidates during 2004 in the financial sector. The study showed that 25% of those CVs contained false or incorrect statements. On average, that equated to three lies. In past years, it had tended to be only one misleading statement.
The omissions from CVs range from missing out information about a poor credit history, fraud, previous addresses, previous directorships, job titles, academic qualifications and details of employment dates and gaps in employment.
The take-away for employers is to beware and proceed cautiously, and always, always check those references.