“Resume-Packing” Practices Revealed by Background Checks

Think back to when you were crafting your very first resume. Was it filled to the brim with activities and experiences that were all hyper-relevant to your intended career path? Chances are, not so much. Even later in life, people do not always have the background and skillsets they would want to include on a resume to impress potential employers. So what do these people do? Unfortunately, in some cases, the answer is quite simply this: they lie. Resume-packing and lying about credentials is an all-too common practice, one that can luckily be uncovered through background checks. So what are some of the top lies told on job applicants’ resumes? Read on to find out.

resume-packing-liesFudging the Numbers

One of the most common resume lies is not about qualifications or work experience, but about money. Some applicants will list inflated salaries from past jobs, typically with the goal of gaining even more money at their new place of employment. But listing a higher salary in conjunction with a lower-level job may send up a red flag; as an employer, you should invest in a background check to verify this kind of information.

Bad Business

Another frequently-told lie on employee resumes is one that certainly sticks out. Some applicants will create what are known as “ghost companies” and list them as former employers- the catch being, of course, that these companies do not actually exist! They may also create a ghost company and list it as a self-owned business, when in reality a week or two spent helping your neighbor with some yard maintenance does not a landscaping business make. A background check can easily clear up any confusion about the validity of those claims, however, and help you to rule out deceitful candidates.

PhD Phake-Out

An applicant may lie about their educational background in order to set themselves apart from others. But they may not stop at saying they attended some Ivy League college; they may actually claim to have degrees that they do not. Hiring a candidate with a fake master’s or doctoral degree can spell a world of trouble for your company’s liability, so use background checks to hunt out these fake degrees early on. All About AIR Pre-Hire AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening. Learn more by visiting our website www.air-prehire.com or calling us at 1-800-469-4473.Check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest as well.

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