Lies and Resumes
Do you really know who you’re hiring? Although employers often treat resumes as facts, a resume is just a marketing tool for many job applicants. Although it is not unusual for job candidates to want to present themselves as favorably a possible, it becomes a real problem when a resume crosses the line into fraud and lies and qualifies as a work of fiction.
When a candidate’s resume misrepresents things like past job titles and responsibilities, employment dates, skills, experience, or their academic credentials, employers waste valuable time and run the risk of making a bad hiring decision. Most employers know from experience that if a candidate got the job fraudulently, he or she is likely to be a poor performer in the job.
The problem is that such resume fraud is not simply an isolated incident. Human Resources (HR) professionals, hiring managers, recruiters, and background screening firms have all seen an alarming increase in resume fraud and exaggeration.
Resume fraud is made easier by the use of the internet. There are web sites that will create a false employment history along with authentic looking but fake web sites for supposed former employers, and operators that will verify the false information. There are numerous web sites that will provide applicants with either fake degrees from real schools, or worthless degrees form online diploma mills.
This webinar will alert employers to the dangers that are lurking in resumes and job applications, and provide practical tools that they can use to immediately to defend themselves from bad hiring decisions based on fraudulent credentials.
During the session, HR managers, recruiters, and hiring professionals will learn:
• How to legally check a candidate’s references and verify education.
• The ten sure signs that an application is a lawsuit or bad hire waiting to happen.
• Methods to improve resume screening skills.
• The importance of verifying past employment.
• Keeping past employment and reference checks legal and useful.
• The legal and non-discriminatory use of social media to verify credentials.
• Critical interview questions designed to root out fraud and problem candidates.
• How background checks help guard against fraud.
• Background check “do’s and don’ts.”
• Best practices and legal developments that affect background checks.
• How to verify past educational claims.
• The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the use of criminal records and credit reports.
• The impact of new wage secrecy laws.
• How the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) impacts employers.
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com ), a national background screening company located in California. ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program. He is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manualu2013 The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers (728 pages-Facts on Demand Press/2d Edition Sep... View Full Profile
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