Most of us have stretched the truth in our employment resumes, highlighting our strengths and spinning our weaknesses into positive traits.
Resumes are, after all, a way to market ourselves to potential employers. While it is acceptable to tweak your credentials to your advantage, some applicants have deliberately stated lies that make it harder for hiring managers to screen candidates.
In Australia, as much as 25 per cent of two million applicants are not completely honest in their resumes. There are, however, simple ways for hiring managers to discover the truth such as completing a criminal record check online application form.
Aside from this, being aware of the common lies can help in filtering bad apples. Some of these include years of experience, qualifications, career references and reasons for quitting their old jobs, according to the Asia Pacific Employment Screening Trends Report.
The need for strict background checks will save your company on not only costs but also potential damage to reputation. The banking sector, for instance, understands the importance of screening employees.
The Australian Bankers Association (ABA) implemented the Banking Industry Conduct Background Check Protocol. It aims to make sure rogue employees do not transfer from one company to another. The ABA launched the new guidelines as it seeks to rebuild trust and confidence among clients, according to ABA CEO Anna Bligh.
Some of the key elements of the protocol include more extensive checks on employment history, which can cover the last five years of a person’s career. Major banks have been required to comply with the protocol since July 1, while smaller companies will need to observe it by Oct. 1.
While several people have inaccuracies in their applications, hiring managers now have plenty of resources to determine whether they are lying on their resumes.