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How to Spot
A Phony Resume

Secrets of the most successful writers of false information.


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How to Spot a Phony Resume



Author: Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D.

Finally! An employer's guide to all areas of false resumes, references, transcripts, certificates, personal identification and much more.

If you have responsibility for hiring employees in your organization, you will want to have this book by your side as you process each candidate. Human Resource Managers nearly universally complain that resumes they receive from job candidates are inflated in content. What may be a "slight enhancement" to one person is a "complete fabrication" to another. There are ethical issues involved and questions about legal liability if those mis-truths cause injury to others. Find out how to spot the false information and how you can avoid the games people want to play with you when you try to verify their resume information.

The problem is so wide-spread,
you can no longer take people at their word.

"I thought I was checking resumes thoroughly until I read this book.
Now I know I really have the edge on dishonest applicants."
- Healthcare hiring manager, West coast

Here are some of the benefits you will receive when you use this book:

  • Reduce your employee turnover.
  • Save your own job by uncovering dangerous history.
  • Eliminate dishonest applicants from any further consideration in your hiring process.
  • Lower your risks of negligent hiring by learning of previous behavior problems early.
  • Improve your hiring accuracy.
  • Avoid public embarrassment for your organization.
  • Reassure senior management that there are "no hidden surprises" coming with the latest employee hired.


Tom Elliott, Mensa Bulletin - April 1999

"In these days of high demand and short supply of professional white-collar workers, hiring managers may be tempted to grab anyone who is breathing, but it still pays to be cautious. If your job entails hiring, here's an insider's book on how to avoid the mistake of being too credulous and to lower the risk of hiring the unqualified. You're told how applicants create false references, identification documents, and letters of recommendation, and how they compose inflated job titles and salaries, inaccurate job descriptions, and misleading resumes. Later in the book you'll find some case histories of bad hiring decisions that will shock and even entertain you."

Reviewer's Bookwatch - April 1998

"Eliminate dishonest applicants through this screening process, which tells how to check for false information on any employee's resume. From common exaggerations and outright falsehoods to analyzing certificates and supporting documents for validity, this is packed with information essential to employers."

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Appendix One
Appendix Two
Introduction and Background
The When and the Where of Past Positions
Depth of Experience
Projects Headed and Worked On
Job Titles
Job Descriptions
Accomplishments and Qualifications
Salary History
The Cover Letter
Stated Goals
Supporting Documents
Composite Case Studies
Employers Speak Out

How to Spot a Phony Resume (2nd Ed) 126 pages (5.5" X 8.5" Softbound)
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