Ford suggests that employers investigate thoroughly where inconsistencies or subtle and unverifiable embellishments exist, so it is important not to distort the reality of your experience. The most common forms of exaggeration or embellishment are on the dates of employment and on educational qualifications. The motivation for altering the former is generally to cover up periods of unemployment, incarceration or a probable bad reference. Embellishment of educational qualifications often comes when a job requires a college degree, for example, and the candidate only has three years of college.
Fabricating, when detected, will create a quick end to employment hopes. Some employers will even sue offending applicants to recover recruiting and hiring expenses! Background-checking firms like Global Verification Services and VeriCORP are being hired by many more employers to check dates, education, employers, even court records and credit histories. As a rule of thumb, you can presume that the more elevated or important a position needing to be filled is, the greater the chance that the employer will be very thorough and careful in checking the facts!
HR professionals with a modicum of experience can also be fairly intuitive when it comes to evaluating resumes. Even a seemingly innocuous statement that you "improved profits" without specifying by how much can throw up a red flag.
The lesson to be learned is "inaccurate" or misleading resumes can unnecessarily blow your opportunity to be hired. You don't need to lie to cover up an "embarrassing" period in your work history. Employers are often looking for other qualities in addition to employment history, references and education - qualities such as honesty and integrity! So, do yourself and your prospective employer a favor and craft a REAL resume that reflects who you really are and what you have truly accomplished.
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By Jim Owen - Embellishment is a common--and risky--practice. Eager to win that coveted position, job seekers are sometimes tempted to be "creative" when writing their resumes. But that doesn't surprise Edward C. Andler. "Cheating on resumes has become distressingly common," says Andler, a "resume detective" and the author of The Complete Reference Checking Handbook, published by Amacom Books. "And many people are getting by with it, which appears to be making others follow suit."