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How Many Resumes are Full of Crap?

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Between 45 and 70 percent of job applicants told outright lies on their resume or supplied some sort of false information during the application process.

How many resumes are full of crap? Between 45 and 70 percent of job applicants told outright lies on their resume or supplied some sort of false information during the application process, according to screening firms that perform employment background checks.

The firms were polled by @work, according to the New York Post.  The discrepancies range from fudging employment dates and job titles to falsifying information about their education to citing employers they’d never actually worked for, said the Post.

Larry Stybel, president of global talent management firm Stybel Peabody, says such “job puffery” is so common that employers have actually come to expect it. But there is an important difference between inflating your accomplishments and inventing them, he says.

“Lie, and you’ll be caught,” he says, pointing out that a great deal of information is available through public records, social networks and the Internet.

But Job seekers be ware.

…the number of employers doing background checks on applicants, hiring screening firms to dig into payroll records, court files, educational histories, credit ratings and sometimes even motor vehicle records. Wizceb puts the number at 95 percent.

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