...that 33.3% of verifiable information on resumes is lies? That fun little fact I learned in my HR class is something I’ll remember for a while. I’m sure if you’re a recruiter or hiring manager reading this, you may not be as surprised as I was upon learning this. But it does make you think – how much experience do candidates actually have?
In this economic climate, obviously times are tough. The job market is looking pretty brutal and I, for one, am scared out of my mind since I’m still an undergrad. (Hence, why I am here gaining experience at iCIMS as an intern!) I read in a recent article that “job losses in the current recession have been more severe than expected as employers hold off on hiring and federal stimulus spending takes months to work its way through the economy.” With that being said, it’s no surprise that people are starting to pad up their resumes in hopes of finding some kind of job. I’ve even read about people putting blocks of keywords in white font on resumes so that applicant tracking systems rate them higher. In my opinion, that just bumps the percentage of lies up quite a bit. By padding your resume, you’re putting false hope in the employer that you’re a qualified candidate. It only sets you up for one thing – failure. Of course there is always more to a recruiting and hiring process than reviewing the resume, but that is almost always one of the first steps. How good do you look in person compared to how good you look on paper?
For the economic time being, recruiters and hiring managers have their work cut out for them. With more and more job-seekers and fewer positions, the competition is greater and the pool of applicants is ever growing. So, for all those recruiters and hiring managers out there – be extra weary of falsehoods on those resumes. Your job may have just gotten harder.