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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are you a Fact-Fudger or a Paycheque-Pretender? Nearly 20% of job-hunters are!

A study released by ADP today shows that nearly 1 in 5 job applicants will stretch the truth on their resume or in the interview process to get a better job.

The most common offence is saying they earned more in the previous/current job than they actually are - a whopping 27% of those who confessed to stretching the truth were doing that. This was followed by the 'Fact Fudgers' who embellish their responsibilities (19%) and the 'Time-Will-Tells' who completely fabricate skills on their resume (17%). Other offences include lying about holding credentials in a professional field (12%) and those who gloss over inconsequential details such as gaps between employment or the duration of their jobs (15%).

What's interesting about this is that 84% of respondents in the study said they would be upset if they knew that someone was promoted or hired because they'd stretched the truth. If we do the math here, it looks like some people are fine lying to get a job but they aren't ok if anyone else does it!

Employers, the cost of hiring someone is already high enough - don't you want to be sure that you're hiring the right person? If you do, you should look at our Specialized Recruitment process and get in touch with one of our recruitment consultants to talk about the accuracy we have with our candidates' presentation.

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