Posted on September 18th, 2012

5 Ways You May Unwittingly Commit Resume Fraud
By Leslie Stevens-Huffman | Sep 17, 2012
Posted In Looking in Tech
Tags: Interviews, Job Hunting, Resumes
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Resume fraud is nothing new, just ask former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, e-commerce Etsy co-founder Rob Kalin, or former Lotus Development CEO Jeff Papows.

But did you know actions like this where bigwig tech executives put false or embellished information on their resumes is having a reverberating effect on your job search? Well, it is.

An estimated 33 percent of all resumes contain false or embellished information, says Marquet International, and, surprisingly, this is impacting your job search.

For starters, widespread fraud makes hiring managers leery of every claim you make and they’re responding by adding background checks, technical assessments and additional interviews to the hiring process. Plus, employers have become so risk averse that they’d rather eliminate a candidate they don’t trust, than make a hiring mistake.

Here’s how you can keep the problem of resume fraud from spilling over into your search.

No. 1: Get Your Story Straight

Make sure the dates and titles on your resume are correct and coordinate with your job application, online profile and employment records. If you decide to use a recognized industry job title, be sure to list your real job title in parenthesis. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 64 percent of HR professionals did not extend a job offer to a potential employee because their background reference check showed inaccurate dates of previous employment.

No 2: Vet Yourself

Did you earn your degree under a different name? Did that brush with the law during college result in a misdemeanor or a felony and is it still on your record? Has someone stolen your identity?  Will nosy employers find digital dirt? Clear up any issues that may keep you from getting an offer and remember, you can run but you can’t hide from social media.

No. 3:  Mend the Fence with Previous Supervisors

Background investigation companies may unearth an old boss who isn’t on your reference list. So cover your bases by giving previous supervisors a heads-up and putting unresolved issues to rest. Also, review your job title, duties and achievements so your old boss doesn’t volunteer information that conflicts with your application or resume.

No: 4: Market Honestly

It’s OK to call yourself a Java guru, security savant or bug eradicator as long as you can back-up your claims. Tout your real strengths so you don’t get exposed during technical assessments, peer interviews and white board exercises.

No. 5: Volunteer Proof

Nip employer concerns in the bud by proactively offering copies of your transcripts, certifications and a link to your digital portfolio. Don’t let the seeds of doubt take root and ruin your search.
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by Brady on February 17th, 2012

Very good article at HRMAsia about the length of the interview process and its effect on candidates.

by Ethan on January 31st, 2012

Whether you're desperate for work or you just want to consider a job change, working with a headhunter may be the way to go.
A headhunter is someone paid by a company to source candidates -- in other words, a recruiter. Typically, people think that headhunters are only used for executive-level and upper-management roles, but that's not always the case, says Brady Banks, Sr. Principle Recruiter at Venator Ventures. “Even if you are mid-level or even entry-level, you should still get your resume to several headhunters because you never know," he notes.
Using a headhunter lets you cut in line, so to say, to get directly in front of a hiring manager. "If I tell a hiring manager they have to see a candidate of mine, they will schedule an interview, Medeiros says "There's a level of trust there with many of my clients. They know if I say someone is good, they are good.
We at Venator Ventures take pride in building relationships with our hiring managers and our candidates. We are different than most recruiting firms, in that – “We care”! We will take the time to find your needs as a candidate and as a hiring manager. To make sure that you as a manager will find the perfect candidate and you as a candidate will find your dream job.
Whether you approach a headhunter or one comes to you, there are certainly advantages to using one. Whenever you are approached by a headhunter take the time to talk. They might have the perfect candidate or dream job for the job seeker. We look forward to speaking with you.

by Brady on January 16th, 2012

I grew up on a farm with a Dad who comes from the baling wire and duct tape school of repair. When our cars broke down he fixed them. When the baler wouldn’t bale, he fixed it. When I pulled the handrail out of the wall playing Superman, he fixed it. He had no formal training to learn how to do all this. What he had was a need and willingness to jump in and try to make things work. He works for a manufacturing company right here in America. That’s right, a place where they still make things out of steel. We don’t do too much of that here anymore. What we do make here is sweet software and fun, useful, entertaining apps. The thing is, we could be making so much more than we are. That’s why I want to learn to code.

About once a week here at Venator one of us says something like “What if there was an app that could. . .” and then we fill in the blank with a million dollar idea. Then we all look longingly out the window until someone says “Too bad none of us knows how to code.” We even had one idea that got us follow up meetings with a VC. In the end they wanted to see some type of prototype before moving forward. As Dr. Ray Stantz said in Ghostbusters, “I’ve worked in the private sector, they expect results.” That’s why I want to learn javascript.

I know everyone is saying this, Michael Bloomberg being the latest. But I say this is a sentiment that is long overdue in America. Most of the conversations I’ve had with engineering hiring managers this year have ended with them saying something like, “By the way, if you see any really good javascript developers, send them over.” If you’re one of those people and you want 8 job offers by the end of the month, send your resume over. (I’m serious: So, I’ve started the lessons at Codecademy. I understand that there are limitations with codecademy and that most that start the lessons will not become developers. We're not the people my hiring managers are looking for. I understand all that and I don’t care. I’m a farmer with a broken tractor. I have ideas I need to develop. That’s why I’m going to learn to code. I’ll be tweeting updates @venatorbrady. Feel free to follow and mock me mercilessly if I fall behind.

by Brady on January 16th, 2012

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