Honesty is the best policy. Unless we happen to be talking about CVs and resumes, it seems.
In 2014, 63% of all the confirmed employment frauds reported to Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, involved people lying about their education, former employment or qualifications.
This has serious consequences for employees and employers alike. But checking the veracity of all claims made on CVs is time-consuming, costly and difficult.
Can technology help? There are piecemeal tools that help with some qualifications, but no over-arching system. For instance, in the UK many universities subscribe to the Higher Education Degree Datacheck system that logs who got what at which university. It can also help unmask bogus universities and colleges.Beyond that, firms have to interrogate search engines and social networks to test people’s CV claims. But education and training giant Pearson thinks it has come up with a way of removing some of this uncertainty.