Friday, August 22, 2008

Inaccuracy on Resumes is Nothing New

OK, this article barely touches the surface as there is plenty left open to interpretation. "Discrepant information" can mean lying about a felony or accidentally entering a wrong start date for an old job. Two extremes that should be treated differently. But evidently in India right now this is becoming a problem. The article is correct in that this is not a new problem. But the article is wrong by claiming that globalization is the cause. I think people have been lying about their work experience, education, number of past lovers…you get the idea, for as long as man has been communicating. And this article talks about the high paying business of running a Diploma Mill.

But that’s not my point today. This made me realize how different the hiring process is today versus 5-8 years ago, especially regarding background checks. If you could code Cobol during Y2k, or spell Java during the dot com boom, you could get hired. But today, more employers are verifying candidates work experience, dates, and pay rates, along with criminal records, education, credit and social security numbers. All as a contingency to hiring someone. Companies are hiring outside firms to provide this service. So if someone wants to lie on their resume or application, chances are that it will be discovered and they will not get the job. Or they can be terminated later on once the employer discovers the lie. Remember Wipro? I think most people know this already, and some are up front about any issue that might hinder the hiring process, which is the right thing to do. Because trying to hide something from your future employer is not the right way to start a new job.

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