Its graduation season and the economy has been showing signs of slowing down making competition for jobs even harder. Some job candidates may think it worth lying on their resume to make them look more appealing to employers. Stretching the truth is one thing but flat out lying about a degree earned or achievement received is a bad idea.
From money.cnn.com (May 06, 16):
… concerns are rising that the U.S. economy is losing momentum. Growth is off to a slow start in 2016. Experts anticipate a spring bounce, but the sluggish April jobs report suggests that pop is either delayed or not going to be that strong. (1)
The temptation to lie or stretch the truth in order to get that dream job or that position that would be a great place to start a career can be very high most especially in a tough economy. These job candidates that think telling lies on a resume won’t hurt them or ever be discovered are certainly not knowledgeable about the employment screening industry. The fact is that most employer’s higher third party background screening companies to perform background checks on their potential hires. These employment background checks typically include criminal background checks, education verification, previous employment verification (if applicable), personal and professional references and a social security number search with address history trace. These background checks would weed out almost any lye on a resume and the truth would be discovered.
If a potential employer finds out that a job applicant lied on their resume it usually means immediate disqualification for the candidate. In the end it just isn’t worth lying on a resume, it usually does not pay off. Even if the employer fails to perform the necessary background checks before hiring and actually hires a job applicant with a false resume, then many times in the future it will be discovered that the new hire did in fact lie on their resume. At this point the company would usually fire the employee for falsifying their resume and once fired for this reason it would make it even more difficult for this person to find another job after that incident.
To read more about this subject read recent press release found at: http://www.criminalbackgroundrecords.com/news/2016-05-18-Lying-on-Resumes.html