Don’t Even Think About Lying on Your Resume (Part 1)

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Falsifying a resume can help you get your foot in the door, but it can end up doing far more harm than good in the long run if (and most likely when) the truth leaks out. Honesty is, after all, the best policy, especially when you’re trying to land in the good graces of a potential employer.


We rounded up some statistics on how frequently resume fraud is detected and what measures employers use to sniff out job seekers who aren’t being completely honest.

1. How long do employers view a resume on average? 

Resumes are designed to be scanned quickly. Only 42% of employers say they look them over for more than 2 minutes when making hiring decisions.

2. How long does it take recruiters to check out a resume? 

Recruiters scope out potential candidates for openings but they don’t spend a lot of time looking over your qualifications. On average, a recruiter scans your resume for a mere 6 seconds before deciding whether to contact you.

3. What percentage of hiring managers have spotted a lie on a resume? 

If you think sneaking false information past an employer is easy, think again. Nearly 60% of hiring managers say they’ve caught a lie on a resume.

4. How effective is pre-employment screening at uncovering falsehoods? 

Seventy-two percent of employers say that the screening process picks up on negative issues that might have gone unnoticed. Nearly 90% say that screening has revealed a lie on a resume.

5. What percentage of employers conduct background checks? 

Pre-employment screening is standard for most companies, and 97% perform some type of background check prior to hiring new employees.

6. How often are temporary employees screened? 

Seasonal and temporary employees typically aren’t subject to as rigorous a hiring process; just 41% of employers say they take a closer look at the backgrounds of these workers.

7. What percentage of employers use social media to verify information?

While 54% of employers say they use social media as a recruiting tool, only 14% say they use it as a means of checking an applicant’s resume for accuracy. Eighty-three percent of those who do rely on Facebook to screen candidates.

8. How many employers re-screen employees after hiring? 

Certain companies go the extra mile to make sure they’ve selected the right person for the job. Approximately 47% of employers conduct additional screening after an applicant’s been hired.

9. What’s the financial cost of resume fraud? 

If hiring someone who falsified their resume leads to a negligent hiring lawsuit, it can cost employers $1 million or more to settle the matter.

Not convinced yet? Stay tuned as we have two more parts to this blog series. There is a fine line between boasting your skills and falsifying facts, and if you are not sure, we offer a free resume review.

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