12 Jun '11, 11pm

Rooting out resume lies

SINGAPORE: With exams over, it is that time of the year when graduating students send out their resumes to land the ideal job. A good curriculum vitae is likely to get a job seeker shortlisted for an interview. Yet, without much work experience, preparing a resume is a daunting prospect for many new entrants to the job market, as they would likely be competing against better-qualified professionals looking for greener pastures. So it is not surprising if some hopefuls are tempted to "spruce up" or embellish their resumes. An example of this is the statement "extremely fluent in English and French", when in reality, the applicant is hardly conversant in the latter. Exaggerations in resumes are common: Some experts have estimated that 40 to 70 per cent of individuals do that. Individuals also lie through omission, for example by leaving out criminal records or a low grade po...

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