Out of approximately 900 people are reported for lying on their resumes, faking job experience, falsifying diplomas or degrees, cheating during tests or failing to disclose a personal relationship with someone involved in making a hiring decision. And in the last 14 months, the commission has been busy, completing 94 fraud investigations with another 49 still ongoing.
But a story in business2community.com states that the number of job seekers that lie on a resume is actually much higher — 40% — and the numbers go up depending on how you ask the question. Ask those currently out in the workforce whether or not there is a small amount of misleading information on their CV, and 40 percent becomes 50. While the Public Service Commission catches only a fraction of cheaters, the truth is nearly half of people will admit to doing it.
The difference stems from people’s ability to justify their actions by intentionally misinterpreting the definition of a lie. Ask someone who has omitted potentially damaging information on their resume if that action constitutes a lie, and they’d probably tell you no. The same goes for those people who “pad” their resume to make themselves appear more qualified. Lying? They’d more than likely argue no; but stretching the truth? Well, sure.
But those who choose to lie on their resume can take solace in the fact that, if discovered, the odds are in their favour. Only 27% of people who admitted to padding their resumes once caught actually lost their job. And 60% of people who do lie are confident that they can explain-away their actions in order to avoid losing their jobs.
So… why are people lying on their resumes?
Blame an extremely competitive job market and the lofty expectations of employers. Older people leave out graduation dates to appear younger; women who’ve been out of the workforce on maternity leave extend employment dates to cover the gap; recent grads claim honours they never actually received to make themselves look smarter; others bump up their knowledge in certain areas to meet demanding job criteria; and most inflate their previous salary to try and rake in more dollars.
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