3 Ways to Spot a Fake Resume

Don’t you love it when a terrific clinical research associate (CRA) just falls out of the sky? That is what happened to me recently—an outstanding resume seemed to literally drop in my lap.

This CRA had the perfect education, terrific experience with a reputable contract research organization, and a wonderfully diverse therapeutic listing. Was she too good to be true? Maybe…maybe not.

We have noted an alarming trend in this industry of individuals committing outright fraud by faking all or part of their resumes. To clarify, I am not talking about fabrications such as extensions of dates, inappropriately representing a completed degree, or merely embellishing a few key skills. I am speaking about outright falsification of credentials. I recently wrote a blog identifying 3 top trends on how to spot fraudulent resumes:  Are your Job Applicants Lying to You?

Identifying this trend is our business because networking with CRAs is our business. With more than 40,000 individuals in our database holding a CRA title, we have found that approximately 17% of them have falsified all or part of their resumes.

Want more proof? A quick Google search will show you there are several existing organizations that will create false employment history for candidates at a price. Just search on “how to write a fake resume” and you will be amazed…one example likely to pop up is Fake Your Job, but you will easily find others We have taken on the mission to arm hiring managers with information to spot potentially fraudulent CRAs. Have you ever received fraudulent resumes? What do you think is a red flag in a resume? How can we combat this as an industry? Let us know your thoughts.

This blog has been adapted with Angela Roberts’ permission from the original post

At IAOCR we are committed to emphasizing the important role of human factors – competence and engagement to support the technology and processes essential to successful clinical trials. Our purpose is to minimize risks to patients, clinical trials, and commercial activities by improving the quality and performance of clinical research workforces.

IAOCR is the only organization in the world to provide truly internationally recognizable, robust and meaningful accreditation of clinical research professionals, training programs and companies based on competence. Something that would help mitigate the risk of fraudulent candidates.  Contact us to request your PDF of how accreditation provides a more robust and meaningful alternative to traditional certification programs and how it compares to academic qualifications.

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