Recently I attended a seminar on candidate resume fraud, presented by
Sally Mooney from Australian Background, and was surprised by the
statistics indicating the number of candidates who falsify their resumes
- 25-40% of all resumes are falsified
- Almost 1 in 20 candidates have a criminal record, 60% do not admit
- The greatest offenders of resume fraud are Males aged between 21 –
30 years of age
- Most common lies on a resume involve employee history details, job
titles and dates, educational qualifications and past salary
Although a resume is not a legal document and prosecutory action cannot
be taken, information can be easily confirmed and references checked.
A resume should represent a candidate to a prospective employer in a
favourable AND honest manner. It is essentially a sales document that
recommends the candidate to the role; emphasising ones positive attributes
being its main aim. It would therefore be self-defeating to mention
negative factors, so long as they are not relevant to the position.
However, depending on the nature of the indiscretion, it may be better to
come clean for example background checks will uncover any relevant
criminal convictions. Background checks cannot be performed without the
consent of the candidate.
Another important consideration are the referees who support your
application. Always ensure the use of the following etiquette:
- Do not list the referees on your resume, your permission is required
to contact each one, and will be sought by your consultant or employer
- Choose work related referees - people in positions of authority.
- Provide a landline, not a mobile phone number, for your referee, as
increasingly mobile phone numbers are not being accepted due to
- Ask their permission & whether they can say something positive about
- Keep your referees informed about the position you applied for and,
if possible, send them a job description.
- Repeat this process with each job application.
There are policies in place under the provision of the
Privacy Act to protect you, the candidate, against invasion of your
Written by Gina Louise Jones B Science (Hons) – Office
Sources: LIAR, LIAR! Resume Fraud.
A seminar presented by Sally Mooney of Australia
Sydney Morning Herald Weekend Edition June 25 – 26, 2005