Background Searches

Current Events Causing an Increase in Background Searches

Background searches and checks are becoming more prevalent in the workplace in part because of high profile, newsworthy events. One such event was the discovery that Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson had lied on his resume. In early May 2012, Dan Loeb, a Yahoo! shareholder, vetted Scott Thompson by checking on Thompson’s claims on his resume. Loeb found that Thompson, who claimed to hold a double degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Stonehill College, did not in fact hold the computer science degree. The school did not even offer a degree in Computer Science until four years after Thompson had graduated from the institution.

According to HR Logistics, between 15% and 40% of all applicants lie on their resumes, though no solid statistics are available for this activity. After all, why would those who lie on their resume admit that they had done so in a survey? Resume embellishment is one of the main reasons companies perform background checks on potential employees. Resume embellishment is indeed fraud. However, a resume is not considered a legal document. A job application, on the other hand, is considered a legal document, and one who has lied on their resume must resort to lying on the job application.

Resume embellishment is committed in various ways. Some of these ways include: