The Rise of Fake Resume and Degree Companies: How This Complicates Background Checks

With the current economy, those out of work are desperate for any job and, in essence, will do anything for one. This, of course, can include some resume fibbing or as a recent article in U.S. News suggests, “resume airbrushing.” But while the article about candidates with tweaked resumes covers those who alter something slight, such as employment start and end dates or projects done in a position, it goes into another type of territory: services for candidates to create fake references, resumes, and college degrees. As the standards for many positions are high – and candidates need to meet them exactly – those without a job are going for desperate measures to secure a position, even if it means lying.

Can a background check pick up any of this information? In some, yes, as altered employment dates, added places where a candidate never worked, inaccurate job titles, and false education history will all show up on a background check. But what about references? One service mentioned in the article involves fabricated references, including numbers and people who will act as a reference. As who a reference is may not be a verifiable, this may go undetected. Background check companies, however, can attempt to research fake reference companies and then track down numbers that possible candidates use as references.

If you’re currently unemployed and looking for a position, lying is the worst possible solution. Although slight resume tweaking may go unnoticed, faking something significant will be noticed. As mentioned in the article, 95 percent of hiring companies do background checks on candidates. As a result, everything on a resume – as well as said in an interview – needs to match what will be found by a background check company. As 95 percent of companies hiring will check your background, if not your references, everything you present should be honest.