Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Resumes based on achievement that describe clear and measurable outcomes “are the ones that get applicants noticed,” while resumes based on headlines or responsibility leave recruiters wondering exactly what applicants actually did at their previous jobs, according to a column on Inc.com.

The column – authored by Bill Murphy Jr., a contributing editor at Inc.com – explained how recruiters suggest the use of the “X-Y-Z” method on resumes: “Accomplished [X], as measured by [Y], by doing [Z].” The column described the three types of resumes based on headlines, responsibility, and achievement.

“Headline-based resumes” – also called “title-based” – list the places where applicants worked and the job titles they had, but provide little information about what they did in the positions. “However, doing this makes you risk looking like a seat-filler at your previous jobs,” the column warned.

“Responsibility-based resumes” usually come with bullet points that start with the words “responsible for” which may look like applicants took their previous job description and put it into their resume. “At best, a responsibility-based resume brands you as a middling, average, ‘do-what’s-required’ player,” the column stated.

“Achievement-based resumes” written with the recruiter in mind “are the ones that get applicants noticed” by providing clear and measurable descriptions of outcomes and using “Accomplished [X], as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]” method preferred by recruiters. “The key is simply to include all three elements,” the column concluded.

Although some employers may treat resumes as facts, they are a marketing tool for many job applicants. While it is not unusual for applicants to want to present themselves as favorably a possible, problems can arise when resumes cross the line into “resume fraud” with lies that qualify them as more like works of fiction.

To help employers spot resume fraud, Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled “Lies and Resumes” on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

“When an applicant’s resume misrepresents things like past job titles, responsibilities, employment dates, skills, experience, or academic credentials, employers waste valuable time and run the risk of making a bad hiring decision,” explained Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’

During the webinar, Rosen will show attendees how legally checking references and verifying education credentials with background checks can prevent resume fraud. “Most employers know from experience that if an applicant got the job fraudulently, he or she is likely to be a poor performer,” said Rosen.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) gives employers the flexibility to customize employment and education verifications to uncover resume fraud by checking the credentials, licenses, and references of job applicants. To learn more, visit www.esrcheck.com/Background-Checks/Verifications-References/.

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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