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Resume fraud rampant in the work force

published May 14, 2007

Michael Kinsman
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There are tens of millions of U.S. workers who have lied or exaggerated their accomplishments on their resumes.

Tens of millions. At least.
 
Resume fraud rampant in the work force

And, most of them still have jobs.

The news of resume fraud or resume inflation surfaces each time a high-profile individual is accused.

Consider these episodes:
 
  • Marilee Jones is driven from her job as admissions director at MIT after 28 years of presumably good service to the university. She had claimed a college degree she did not have when she applied for her job.
  • David Edmondson resigned as chief executive officer of Radio Shack after it was discovered that he misstated his academic record. He had spent 11 years in a variety of jobs with the company, ultimately being named CEO.
  • George O'Leary gets a dream job as football coach at University of Notre Dame and has to step down five days later because of resume lies. He claimed a master's degree and college football experience he didn't have.
     
Estimates range that between 30 and 50% of American workers have lies on their resume. Some of those might simply be an inflation of accomplishments, but they are lies anyway.

Let's take the low estimate: If 30% of workers have phony resumes, that means about 46 million people in our work force are liars.

Does that mean we have 46 million bad people in jobs who should be fired?

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