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Managers are the worst offenders when it comes to making false claims on their resumes.

Written by Agencies | Melbourne |
June 26, 2012 2:12:34 pm

Managers are the worst offenders when it comes to making false claims on their resumes,research by a talent assessment company shows.

A study of 1277 workers by SHL showed that 39 percent of managers had lied in their profiles.

By comparison,the number of workers who had lied in a resume was down to 25 percent in 2012 from 32 percent last year,which suggested that job seekers were more confident about their credentials with the economy bouncing back in most sectors.

“It’s alarming to see that managers are the worst offenders for misrepresenting themselves to employers,with 18 per cent exaggerating or making up their level and range of experience,” the Age quoted SHL managing director Stephanie Christopher as saying.

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According to Christopher,managers who lacked the necessary skills to manage a team,bring projects to completion or adhere to budgets could significantly affect the business.

“Managers’ false claims to experience can also undermine their credibility,ultimately affecting team morale and productivity when it becomes evident they do not have the appropriate skills.”

SHL also said that 25 percent of employees admitted to applying for a job with no intention of taking the role,they just wanted to test the job market,brush up on their interview skills or negotiate a higher salary with their current employer.

Generation Y workers were twice as likely as baby boomers to apply for a job they didn’t plan to take.

“This ‘grass is greener’ attitude of curious but uncommitted candidates creates extra effort for HR managers and slows down the entire recruitment process,” Christopher added. 

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