Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
Do you really know who you’re hiring? Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar titled “Lies and Resumes” hosted by Aurora Training Advantage to alert employers about the dangers of resume fraud on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time / 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
“When a candidate’s resume misrepresents things like past job titles and responsibilities, employment dates, skills, experience, or their academic credentials, employers waste valuable time and run the risk of making a bad hiring decision. Most employers know from experience that if a candidate got the job fraudulently, he or she is likely to be a poor performer in the job,” explains Rosen, the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual.”
Human Resources (HR) professionals, hiring managers, recruiters, and background screening firms have all seen an alarming increase in resume fraud and exaggeration. The webinar will alert employers to the dangers that are lurking in resumes and job applications, and provide practical tools that they can use to immediately to defend themselves from bad hiring decisions based on fraudulent credentials. The agenda will include:
- How to legally check a candidate’s references and verify education.
- The ten sure signs that an application is a lawsuit or bad hire waiting to happen.
- Methods to improve resume screening skills.
- The importance of verifying past employment.
- Keeping past employment and reference checks legal and useful.
- The legal and non-discriminatory use of social media to verify credentials.
- Critical interview questions designed to root out fraud and problem candidates.
- How background checks help guard against fraud.
- Background check “do’s and don’ts.”
- Best practices and legal developments that affect background checks.
- How to verify past educational claims.
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the use of criminal records and credit reports.
- The impact of new wage secrecy laws.
- How the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) impacts employers.
“Although employers often treat resumes as facts, a resume is just a marketing tool for many job applicants. Although it is not unusual for job candidates to want to present themselves as favorably a possible, it becomes a real problem when a resume crosses the line into fraud and lies and qualifies as a work of fiction,” adds Rosen, who is a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues with speaking appearances for the “ESR Speaks” program.
Resume fraud is made easier by the use of the internet. There are websites that will create a false employment history along with authentic looking but fake websites for supposed former employers, and operators that will verify the false information. There are numerous websites that will provide applicants with either fake degrees from real schools, or worthless degrees from online “diploma mills.” To register for this webinar, click here.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – which was ranked the #1 background screening firm by HRO Today in 2020 – provides Education Verifications, Employment Verifications, Personal/Professional Reference Checks, and Professional License/Credential Verification. ESR offers three levels of verifications that afford employers the flexibility to customize through unique business rules. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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