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Fake Job Reference Services: Watch Out!

Article Overview: You may have heard about new web-based services that are offering fake work histories and references for job seekers. In tough economic times, some unemployed job seekers are taking desperate measures to make up for a spotty work history or poor references. As an employer, this means it’s more important than ever that you conduct due diligence on potential employees before you hire them.

You may have heard about new web-based services that are offering fake work histories and references for job seekers. In tough economic times, some unemployed job seekers are taking desperate measures to make up for a spotty work history or poor references. As an employer, this means it’s more important than ever that you conduct due diligence on potential employees before you hire them.

One such website is CareerExcuse.com, where job seekers can sign up for a service to provide fake employment references, or to confirm non-existent previous employment. Job seekers with bad references or inconsistent employment history are turning to this kind of service to create a bogus history for themselves that they can present to potential employers. While this website could potentially be exposed to claims of fraud or misrepresentation, the fact is that they’re in business and candidates are using their services.

What can you do to avoid falling victim to this trap? Ensure you have a thorough process for vetting potential employees. Call any references that are provided by the candidate, but also use your own contacts to find out what you can about anyone you want to hire. And use a background check vendor to verify previous employment and check criminal records. A credit check can also help to verify previous employment. As with any background check, follow the applicable laws regarding notification and documentation to applicants, signed releases for obtaining information and disclosure of any results that adversely impact a candidate’s eligibility for hire. Research any companies that appear suspicious on a resume, as candidates using this kind of service may list non-existent companies. CareerExcuse promotes the use of bankrupt companies as fictional previous employers because there’s no way to verify prior employment if the company no longer exists. You can get around this by requesting a copy of a pay stub from that employer, and contacting other individuals who actually worked there to determine if the candidate is telling the truth. Use LinkedIn to search for people by company name to find someone who would have worked with the individual and can verify employment.

If you have significant trouble verifying the information provided by the candidate, or suspect that you may be receiving false information from a company like the website CareerExcuse.com, err on the side of caution and reconsider hiring the candidate. Hiring someone without proper due diligence could put you, your company and your employees at risk for negligent hiring or worse.

 

About the Author: Allison Grace
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Allison Grace, CEBS, CCP, CMS, is President and Founder of Instant HR Solutions and a human resources professional with more than nineteen years of experience. As a consultant, Allison has worked with companies in various industries including hedge funds, technology, oil and gas development, recruiting and accounting. Combined with technical training and professional certifications, Allison’s practical experience includes working in all aspects of human resources to establish HR programs that support the strategic objectives of the business. Her extensive experience includes benefits, compensation, legal compliance, performance management, employee relations, recruiting and termination.

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6 comments

  1. If you fake it for job histories what kind of employee would you make? It shouldn’t take long for the employer to weed you out but what a hassle for all. What a shame there are people capitalizing on the weakness of others like this.

  2. Hi Allison, thanks for the post. I’m with the previous 2 commentors, I had no idea this type of service even exists, and my company makes an ATS!

    Seems crazy that a business like CareerExcuse can operate publicly. I would think there would be legal problems. Isn’t this fraud?

  3. I had no idea that cheating had come to this level. Diligence in checking references is more important than ever.

  4. Good grief. I’d never heard of this. Thanks for shining a light on this practice for those in the HR field who need to be aware of it.

  5. I would think a business who does such unethical things would leave themselves open to litigation from employers who may hire someone not qualified for the job.

    Getting a job using this kind of service may land a job for the short term, but could place a permanent stain on the employee for the rest of his life.

  6. It is unfortunate that there are people who will take advantage of others who are struggling, just to make a buck.

    It is also unfortunate that people would use such services in the first place. Even if one gets a job using such a service, it may be short lived when the new employer finds out about the dishonesty of the new employee, and they will.
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