Sunday, 10 February 2013

[US Jobs Vacancies] 6 ways hiring managers are spotting résumé lies

US Jobs Vacancies has posted a new item, '6 ways hiring managers are spotting
résumé lies'

Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder Writer

Thirty-eight percent of employees have embellished their job responsibilities at
some point, and 18 percent have lied about their skills, according to a
CareerBuilder survey.Other common lies surrounded information about employment
start and end dates, academic degrees, previous employers and job titles.

Here are six ways employers might be evaluating your rsum in
today'sdigitalworld. These are not only good reminders that you shouldn't lie,
but they'll also help you avoid mistakes that might makehiring managersquestion
your honesty.1. They're performing a standardbackground check.Employers check on
things such as work history, residences, dates of employment, etc. Managers look
for discrepancies between what the candidate submitted and what the reports
reveal.2.They're checking for red flags.Unexplained gaps in employment, a
reluctance to explain the reason for leaving and unusual periods of
self-employment can be a tip-off to false employment history. Since even
references can be fake, employers might check the websites of previous employers
and use the phone numbers found online for employment verification.3. They're
using social networking sites. Social networking profiles contain public
information that may help employers verify certain information such as a
candidate's work history or education credentials. Both job seekers and
employers should be aware ofthe possible legal ramifications of using social
media to screen applicants.4. They're testing your skills.Knowing that employers
use keyword searching to find and qualify their rsums, applicants may include
keywords for all skills required for the job -- regardless of whether they have
them or not. To confirm any embellishment, employers might ask specific
technical questions about the candidate's stated skills or test the candidate's
computer skills.5. They're willing to hear an explanation.Mistakes and
misunderstandings do happen. If managers find a discrepancy, they might give the
candidate an opportunity to explain. If this happens, have a good explanation
for the error.6. They're following their intuition.When it comes to the
difficult task of hiring a new employee, employers have to trust their intuition
and experience. If something doesn't seem right, they'll probably follow up on
it.Mary Lorenz writes forThe Hiring Site, CareerBuilder's community for hiring
professionals and other curious-minded individuals to discuss the attraction,
engagement and retention of their #1 asset -- their people.

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