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Your Résumé: Imaginary Friends as Job References

Thirty percent of companies report spotting fake references on résumés
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Here’s a tip: If you list something on your résumé, assume your interviewer is going to verify it. Sounds like common sense, but for many job seekers, it’s clearly not. CareerBuilder recently surveyed 2,500 hiring managers and discovered that 30 percent regularly find false or misleading references on applicants’ CVs.

“For some reason, people think companies aren’t going to check their references and they can get away with it,” says Michael Erwin, a senior career adviser at CareerBuilder. He says an estimated 80 percent of employers do check them, often before they call someone in for an interview.