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Just because there's been a slight decrease in fake CVs, doesn't mean you should stop vetting applicants

by , 11 September 2014
If you're worried about candidates who submit fake CVs, we don't blame you.
This practice is quite prevalent and in recent months we've seen dozens of stories of high profile people with fake CVs.

But there's some good news regarding this issue and perhaps this piece of information could reduce your worries.

According to Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, the founder and managing director of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, there's been a notable decrease in instances of candidates taking creative licence with their CVs.

While this is all good and well, you shouldn't stop vetting applicants.

Read on to find out more about this notable decrease and what you can do to vet applicants.

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What's the cause of the decrease in fake CVs?

According to Goodman-Bhyat, the decrease in fake CVs is because of increased and much improved vetting.

Perhaps the stories of top officials with fake CVs also helped to highlight this issue and made companies more stringent when it comes to checking CVs and qualifications.

This is definitely good news, but it doesn't mean you have to stop vetting potential employees.

It's essential to check all qualifications and other claims made by candidates on their CVs, says Goodman-Bhyat

She says, you must rightly insist on a comprehensive vetting of qualifications prior to extending an offer to candidates and you must write this into your recruitment strategy. Otherwise, you could become a victim of CV fraud.

It's a good idea to go further by checking the academic transcripts of candidates where relevant.

Goodman-Bhyat adds that you must also investigate the profile of the institution where a degree was earned.

'A masters or doctorate from a reputable institution is not equivalent to a masters or doctorate from an online 'pay-for-your-paper' institution,' she says.

The bottom line is that CV fraud is very real and while it's good that there's been a slight decrease, you must carrying on doing checks to ensure you aren't duped by potential employees.

We recommend you check out the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. It contains a breakdown of how to go about checking CVs.

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