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March 15th, 2017 | Sterling
A resume is how potential employers get a first impression of your skills, experiences and qualifications before they meet you in person. Job hunters use a variety of resume types and styles to sell themselves, their education and their past work. However, it has been found that a resume doesn’t always tell the truth about a candidate’s job or educational experience. With an increasingly competitive job market, applicants are searching for ways to compete with one another and one of the common ways is by padding, embellishing, exaggerating and even downright lying on their resume.
While a resume might look great on the surface, it may not be as accurate as you’d think. Lies that have appeared on a resume can run from minor embellishments to complete fabrications on their qualifications and experiences. One such way to “beef up” a resume is to add additional educational degrees that you might not have earned or could have received from a diploma mill.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a diploma mill as “a usually unregulated institution of higher education granting degrees with few or not academic requirements.” Diploma mills are organizations that claim to be a higher education institution but which offer illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. These degrees may claim to give credit for relevant life experience, evaluate work history and require submission of a thesis or dissertation for evaluation to give an appearance of authenticity. Most diploma mills have very convincing websites and will provide their “students” with official-looking degrees and transcripts. At times, even the students themselves have no idea that they used a diploma mill until they receive their actual diploma.
In Canada, all universities and colleges are under the direct supervision of the provincial and territorial governments, and there are no accreditation authorities, so the problem of degree mills is relatively rare. However, this doesn’t mean that candidates cannot place false educational experience and certifications on their resume. There are some revealing signs that candidates, recruiters and hiring managers need to be on the eye out for when dealing with a diploma mill:
How can a recruiter and hiring manager tell if there are educational inaccuracies on candidates’ resumes? An education verification service offered by a third-party background screening provider will be able to provide the correct answers. Education verifications confirm degree type, honours received and date of completion directly with the school registrar. Professional background screening companies maintain a database of legitimate educational institutions as well as known diploma mills to immediately identify them during the education verification process. Sterling Talent Solutions actively identifies and monitors these types of suspicious educational institutions.
Having a misleading resume is only one of the risks that could lead to a bad hire. Find out more risks associated with lies found on a resume, which could lead to poor hiring decisions in our White Paper, How to Avoid a Bad Hire.
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