How to Add Proof to the Claims on Your Resume
People lie. While sometimes, it is a “little white lie,” designed to protect someone’s feelings, sometimes the lie can have devastating consequences. And, while we would never expect it to be true, sometimes people lie on their resumes. As a result, employers now carefully review candidates’ resumes to see if they contain exaggerations or mistruths. To ensure that they are not fooled, employers follow strict fact-checking processes to review all of a candidate’s information, regardless of if there is a questionable claim on someone’s resume.
Although you would never be in that position, where you “fibbed” on your resume as a candidate, there is a lesson for all job seekers. Because employers will check, impress your interviewer and show them that you possess very authentic experience across all levels with these concrete steps.
#1 – Provide a Transcript on School Letterhead
There have been cases where people have lied about which schools they have graduated from; naturally, an Ivy League school looks striking on a resume. Therefore, employers double-check your educational claims. It is not the matter of whether or not the organization trusts you. It is because they want to prevent a future problem from arising.
Employers can validate what institution(s) you have attended and with what degree(s) you have graduated. However, certain information, such as your GPA, can only be given out with your permission. Therefore, your potential employer may ask you to obtain such proof from your university/college. It looks extremely suspicious if you refuse this request for grades. An employer will not take you into serious consideration if you are not able to supply transcripts when asked.
#2 – Provide Metrics
To make your resume bulletproof, make sure to include real specifics, or metrics, to support your claims. For obvious reasons, employers are looking for firm numbers and results to support a candidate’s claims of expertise. For example, in a sales resume, be sure to include information about how you increased sales, by what amount (in dollars and percent), and what specific steps you took to achieve those results. Always make sure that you can demonstrate the results you claim with your actual numbers or public information from your employer.
#3 – Use LinkedIn and Other Social Media to Your Advantage
Ultimately, employers are bound to check your LinkedIn profile to validate some information. In addition to checking on dates, an employer will look for information about how you describe yourself. As a job seeker, you can post links to the books and articles that you may have published. Hence, your LinkedIn Profile is essentially an online portfolio (Joyce).
Further, employers will check the Recommendations feature on LinkedIn. Here, employers can find more evidence about your talents and achievements. The fact that a colleague is going out of his or her way to write up and post a recommendation for anyone to see on LinkedIn is important. These recommendations can clear up any doubts that an employer may have regarding your capabilities. LinkedIn Recommendations tie to distinct jobs written in the Profile, proving the legitimacy of that assertion on the resume, an added bonus.
LinkedIn Groups exist to prove that you are an expert in a specific field. LinkedIn permits its members to be a part of 50 Groups. Enter into groups based upon your field, location, leisure activities, and anything that can be tied back to you and your career. As a candidate, you can also illustrate your expertise in discussions in LinkedIn Groups.
As an aside, recruiters have been known to watch over Groups as well. Since you are in job search mode, having recruiters finding people for a variety of industries is not a bad thing at all.
#4 – Provide Letters of Recommendation As a Part of Your Applicant Package
Through these letters, the prospective employer can easily call or email your references and see whether they have mentored, taught, or worked with you. If they have, the employer will also be able to discover if they still have the same viewpoint about you as indicated by the references that you provided (Henry).
#5 – Include Awards
Another sign that you are a legitimate and serious candidate include copies of awards that you may have received and/or encouraging reviews. Be sure to arrange these items (along with your resume) in a professional binder, folder, or book. Additionally, the amount of documentation should not overwhelm the employer. Quality over quantity; narrow down the amount of documents that you provide, they should be ones that emphasize your accomplishments (Henry).
#6 – Expect Questions About Your Expertise with Unusual Skills or Languages
The skills that you have listed on your resume, such as foreign language knowledge and software competency, will be examined. Talents that are relevant to the job position will probably be cross-examined. Brush up on these skills (if you have become rusty) and be prepared to answer any questions about them (Fast Check Your Resume).
With these tips, you can bulletproof your resume! Without a doubt, employers are going to put your abilities and knowledge under cross-examination. Go above the call of duty, and bring your documents to your employers before they ask for them. They will appreciate your consideration and they will view you as a much more worthy candidate for their open position.
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