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    GOP sheriff candidate Duane Lewis' college degree called into question
    One of the candidates for Berkeley County Sheriff has come under fire for claiming to have a four-year college degree from a defunct institution that's been labeled a diploma mill. The Post and Courier | 05/21/2015 | Brenda Rindge

    Pakistani Company Accused of Running Fake Degree Scam Has a History of Silencing Critics
    The New York Times' Pakistan correspondent Declan Walsh has done what Pakistanis long thought was impossible: he exposed a Pakistani company for selling fake university diplomas and degrees. Since the expose cracked Axact's operations wide open three days ago, Pakistani investigators have raided their offices and confiscated servers. Politicians have called for a thorough investigation into the company. GlobalVoices | 05/21/2015 | online

    Beware! Prevent The Fake Attestation Of Your Degree
    According to the PakistanTribe's (PT) correspondent from Islamabad, HEC's latest warning addressing to the candidates verifying their academic degrees through agents and consultants. “Contrary to the procedure prescribed by HEC, these agents or consultants put fake stamp of HEC on their original degrees. Due to that these degrees when presented to HEC are confiscated by the Commission," said the announcement. PakistanTribe | 05/17/2015 | Web Desk

    Can They Ask Me That? Six Improper and Illegal Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
    Many interviewers aren't aware that they're asking illegal questions—and just as many candidates aren't aware they're answering them. Here, Peter K. Studner identifies six common off-limits questions and advises job searchers on how to respond. The American Surveyor | 05/19/2015 | Peter K. Studner

    Mind Your Own Business: Plenty of hiring managers ask illegal questions
    Though it's illegal in job interviews to ask about children, pregnancy, marital status, religion, politics, race, age, disability, debt, drinking or smoking, one third of employers are unsure of the legality of certain questions, according to an online survey of some 2,100 U.S. hiring managers conducted late last year by Harris Poll for Chicago-based Career Builder. NewsOK | 05/19/2015 | Paula Burkes

    Should school districts require background checks of all parents who volunteer?
    Getting parents to volunteer to help with school activities is getting more and more difficult, according to Tara Gilligan, president of the Parent Teacher Association of the Easton Area School District. lehighvalleylive | 05/18/2015 | Jim Flagg-opinion editor

    First Advantage introduces online driver screening, hiring software
    First Advantage Fleet Solutions, a technology-based fleet service provider specializing in driver compliance, fleet legalization, GPS telematics and risk management, announced the introduction of its new DOT Direct employment application and screening product. According to the company, DOT Direct is the first and only integrated, online employment application and screening solution designed exclusively for private and for-hire fleets. FleetOwner | 05/18/2015 | Penton

    ClearStar Pre-Employment Background and Drug Screening Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace
    ClearStar, a leading provider of background check technology and services and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its web-based pre-employment screening platform and client portal technologies are now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Talent Management Cloud customers. ClearStar Pre-Employment Background and Drug Screening applications enable businesses to easily order and review background check data for effective human capital management. PRWeb | 05/18/2015 | Miranda Hermanski

    10 Things We Learned About The World's Largest Diploma Mill
    Earning a diploma can take years, but some people simply don't have the time. For that reason, companies have been cropping up year after year offering consumers the chance to obtain a diploma, degree or certification in exchange for hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of dollars. A new report from the New York Times details how one company allegedly rakes in millions of dollars a month by selling those bogus documents though a series of fake websites and forceful sales calls. Consumerist | 05/18/2015 | Ashlee Kieler

    Pakistan company made millions selling fake degrees online, report says
    A Pakistan company selling fake academic degrees across 370 websites has earned millions of dollars from unsuspecting consumers. Karachi-based Axact, founded in 1997, has lured degree-seekers with falsified endorsements on CNN iReport and even forged State Department documents with John Kerry's signature, The New York Times reported Sunday. UPI | 05/18/2015 | Elizabeth Shim

    Fight Grows to Stop Expunged Criminal Records Living On in Background Checks
    Helen Stokes could no longer afford her three-bedroom house in Philadelphia on a fixed income, but her search for a subsidized apartment was haunted by an arrest record that legally didn't exist. Ms. Stokes, 63 years old, was arrested twice in 2008 and 2010 during rows with her now-estranged husband. Neither resulted in a criminal conviction, and last year she successfully petitioned under Pennsylvania law to have the records expunged. WSJ U.S. | 05/07/2015 | Joe Palazzolo and Gary Fields

    29 more BPEd candidates caught with fake LU degrees
    Once again, 29 candidates applying for the post of BPEd instructor in government-run junior high schools in Lakhimpur-Kheri have been caught holding fake degrees of Lucknow University. Earlier, FIR was lodged against 47 candidates for holding LU fake marksheet. On Sunday, LU vice-chancellor instructed officials to send a report of candidates holding fake marksheets to the district magistrate. NYOOOZ | 05/11/2015 | Simply News

    Could age discrimination derail your retirement plans?
    While the overall unemployment rate among those 45 years and older is no higher than among other age groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted in a recent report that the incidence of long-term unemployment does increase dramatically with age. In 2014, for example, about 22 percent of the unemployed under age 25 had looked for work for 27 weeks or longer compared with nearly 45 percent of those 55 years and older. CNBC | 05/06/2015 | Tom Anderson

    'Bad boy' CEOs can cost their firms big bucks
    In the paper, “The Agency Costs of Managerial Indiscretions: The Agency Costs of Managerial Indiscretions: Sex, Lies and Firm Value," Adam Yore and his co-authors found that in the three days following the disclosure of misdeeds by a chief executive officer, the average firm lost 3.8 percent in shareholder value, or about $320 million in market capitalization. NIU Newsroom | 05/07/2015 | Adam Yore

    Re-entering the workforce after a divorce-Dr. Phil segment
    Since 1996, Working Solutions has helped corporations control costs while improving the customer experience. We partner with forward thinking companies that understand the value of aligning the contact center with the organization's objectives. Working Solutions in the News | 07/06/2011 | YouTube

    Public Servant convicted of fraud for lying on CV
    Public servants have been warned that false claims on their CVs could lead to prosecution after a tax official was convicted of fraud. According to The Canberra Times, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) told its employees on Monday that one of their co-workers had lost their job and been found guilty of fraud after lying to secure a job. HC Online| 04/15/2015 | Chloe Taylor

    This is the latest way employers mask age bias, lawyers say
    Young people are just smarter," Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive famously said on a conference stage in 2007 when he was 22. In 2013, Facebook settled a lawsuit with California's Fair Employment and Housing Department for posting an employment ad that stated “Class of 2007 or 2008 preferred. Fortune | 05/04/2015 | Vivian Giang

    Event helps veterans with job-hunting skills
    Dressed in khakis, a white, collared shirt and a maroon tie, Derrick Stewart sat at a table in a black room facing three interviewers. The panel asked the Marine veteran questions about his interests and background, much in the same way if Stewart were interviewing for an actual job. But this was a mock interview – one of the activities at the Augusta Warrior Project's Warrior Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Clubhou.se in the old Academy of Richmond County building on Telfair Street. The Augusta Chronicle | 04/30/2015 | Jon-Michael Sullivan

    Padding Your Resume? 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop
    Are you searching for that dream job, but aren't sure if you're qualified for a step up in your career? If you don't quite yet have all the skills a recruiter is looking for, you might be tempted to think about embellishing your resume or adding a few skills you don't actually have to your LinkedIn profile. PayScale | 04/27/2015 | Kelly Clay

    Are You Lying? Linkedin Set To Screen Resumes For Accuracy
    For many, LinkedIn is the place where you see your ex-boyfriend achieving goals he wished he accomplished in real life. Or where you learn that a family member has magically gotten a Master's Degree though they never made it to the program's first day of class. LinkedIn will have no more of the lies. Madame Noire | 04/23/2015 | Lauren R.D. Fox

    Background Screening Expert Jason Morris to Discuss How to Legally Utilize Social Media in the Recruitment Process at SHRM Talent Management Conference.
    In today's instant gratification world, employers can easily find professional or personal information on a job candidate with just a few clicks of the mouse. However, alongside that ease come real and rising legal risks that employers must be aware of when researching candidates on a social network or through a search engine. Virtual-Strategy Magazine | 04/27/2015 | PRWEB

    Drug conviction complicates job search, recovery
    Many felons committed non-violent crimes as a result of an addiction. Once they stop using and try to reclaim their lives, they discover they cannot get a job. Payson Roundup | 04/25/2015 | Michele Nelson

    One In Five Hiring Managers Doesn't Realize They're Asking Illegal Interview Questions
    It's a question that kicks off many a conversation with someone new, but depending on how it's phrased, that question–and a collection of other inquiries that may seem benign enough in context–can be illegal to ask of a candidate in a job interview. Forbes | 04/22/2015 | Kathryn Dill

    City Hunts for Hiring Discrimination on Shoestring Budget
    Starting Monday with Mayor de Blasio's signing a bill into law and for the next year, the city's Human Rights Commission is required to send at least five testing teams out to see whether employers are discriminating in hiring. CityLimits.org | 04/21/2015 | Jarrett Murphy

    Union challenges government plans for employee fingerprinting, invasive background checks
    PIPSC, the government union that represents 35,000 scientists and other professionals, is upset about the amount of data the government will be collecting for the “basic reliability status" needed for any public service job. The union argued in the injunction that data collection under the new security standard is “unreasonable, unnecessary and unjustified". BiometricUpdate.com | 04/22/2015 | Rawlson King

    Uber's background check don't catch criminals, says Houston
    Last week saw the latest story about an Uber driver, for all the wrong reasons. The newest incident happened in Houston, when an Uber driver allegedly took a drunk female passenger to his home and raped her. CNET | 04/17/2015 | Dara Kerr

    Unwittingly Asking Improper Interview Questions
    Job seekers aren't the only ones who may say something inappropriate or botch a question during a job interview. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that approximately 20 percent of hiring managers reported that they have asked an interview question only to find out later that asking the question possibly violated the law. SHRM | 04/17/2015 | Bill Leonard

    Oregon sheriff says he won't enforce background check law
    The sheriff of Oregon's Josephine County made national headlines on Fox News yesterday because he reportedly said Tuesday apparently not for the first time that if the legislature in Salem passes a so-called "universal background check" bill that he will not enforce it. Examiner.com | 04/16/2015 | Dave Workman

    9 interview questions that aren't okay
    About 30 employers have committed to participate, including staffing agencies, manufacturing companies, retail businesses and restaurants. Many manufacturing companies are using staffing agencies to hire their employees, so several of them have been invited as well. The Herald | 04/16/2015 | Jennifer Becknell

    Avoid pitfalls of exaggerating, lying in job search
    Exaggeration is human nature. We exaggerate about how happy we are to see a show, or how scared we are to encounter a minor traffic accident. Those exaggerations fill our life with drama and excitement, attracting more attention when we are in conversations. However, when it comes to recounting our own accomplishment on resume, we need to think twice about exaggerating. The Daily Texan | 04/15/2015 | Xing Liu

    Virginia adopts fair chance hiring practices. Now it's the federal government's turn
    Earlier this year, I argued on this page that given the huge number of people with criminal records, fair chance hiring practices, such as ban the box, were going to be an increasingly needed piece of public policy. I was thus extremely happy to see Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (my governor!) introduce this very plan. The Washington Post | 04/06/2015 | Jared Bernstein

    Diploma mill steals University of Charleston's identity
    Anyone can purchase a degree without ever stepping foot inside a college classroom. The school sells bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees for $350, $400 and $450 and can be mailed to anyone at any address in just over one week. Free shipping is included. Metro News | 04/06/2015 | Carrie Hodousek

    3 ways to revive a job search that's dragging on
    If you're not having great luck in your job search and are feeling a little down about it, it's important to remember that you're not alone. In fact, the job search slump hits applicants without discrimination. The timing and the reasons may vary, but feeling discouraged and depleted is an inevitable experience. Mashable | 04/02/2015 | Joy Lin

    Bamboozled: Big victory against credit-reporting firm that wrongly called Navy vet a felon
    A case of identity theft and a jumbled credit report brought Epps, 32, to Bamboozled in 2013. Despite some pretty clear evidence, the credit reporting company refused to fix the mistakes Epps reported it made. NJ.coms | 03/30/2015 | Karin Price Mueller

    Alert: Background check email scam
    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of a recent scam claiming that you've been the subject of a background check and luring you to click on a web link to find out more details. KnoxNews | 02/22/2015 | News Sentinel Staff

    Why you should never trust what you read on a CV
    Job applications should not be trusted on first viewing as the majority of CVs are riddled with inaccuracies, a new study has revealed. More than half, or 56pc, of job applications in 2014 included incorrect details about the candidate, according to a survey by the employment due diligence service HireRight. The Telegraph | 02/19/2015 | Lauren Davidson

    Police: Men stole IDs to buy cars, breast implants
    Houston police and U.S. Postal Inspectors worked together on a case involving numerous luxury cars being purchased with stolen identities. Police said the case began with a tip about a single car purchase that seemed irregular. Robert Arnold reports. Click2Houston | 01/08/2015 | Robert Arnold-Investigative Reporter

    Blood in the Water: 5 Steps to Avoiding Background Check Litigation
    Employment background investigations expert Mike Coffey addresses the ongoing trend of class action lawsuits filed in relation to the use of employment background checks. He proposes five things employers can do to avoid lawsuits and remain compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. PR Web | 02/01/2015 | Vocus

    Check sitters, nannies background before hiring
    When looking for the perfect caregiver, many families don't know where to begin. Though the Internet offers a quick solution for finding caregiver information, it can also be a misleading source. Poughkeepsie Journal | 01/31/2015 | A Gannett Company

    FTC Shuts Down Diploma Mills for Peddling Useless Credentials
    In a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Maria Garcia and Alexander Wolfram and IDM Services, LLC, conducting business as "Jefferson High School Online" and "Enterprise High School Online," are now banned from marketing and selling academic degrees. MonkeyTalks News | 01/31/2015 | Krystal Steinmetz

    North Dakota Senate Reconsiders Bill Banning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    North Dakota's Senate is again considering a nondiscrimination bill that would protect LGBTQ people from being discriminated in the workplace on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Nebraska currently has an abysmal record on LGBT civil rights according to the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 State Equality Index Report. Towleroad | 01/28/2015 | Sean Mandell

    Social Media Success: A Guide for Job Seekers
    Job seekers know that recruiters are searching for them on social media. Nearly every professional understands the importance of having a LinkedIn profile that lists his or her work experience, and many of these professionals realize that Twitter and Facebook profiles can help employers confirm their identity and expertise. Business News Daily | 01/30/2015 | Nicole Fallon- Assistant Editor

    Lawmaker pushes for background checks on high school referees
    The measure, inspired in part by a Globe investigation of school referees with criminal records, would require the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to administer the screening for its 374 member schools. Under the current system, nearly everyone who works in a school is subject to a criminal background check. Sports referees are a rare exception. The Boston Globe | 02/09/2015 | Bob Hohler

    Federal Trade Commission Shuts Down Florida High School Diploma Mills
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last month shut down two online high schools it described as "diploma mills" that were "selling academic degrees" at the secondary school level. Main St | 02/06/2015 | John Sandman

    Vendor background checks have Derby Day festival organizers worried
    Requiring vendors who sell everything from balloons to burgers at the city's annual Derby Day festival to undergo police background checks has organizers fearing the event will fold. The city has had an ordinance on its books since 1976 that requires background checks for vendors wanting to peddle their wares at city-wide events. However, according to Aldermanic President Art Gerckens, single-day events and licensing and permits for vendors, "was not referenced" back in the '70s. New Haven Register News | 01/30/2015 | Jean Falbo-Sosnovich

    Is employment discrimination against ex-offenders immoral?
    The Eternal Criminal Record is a wide-ranging examination of jurisprudential, policy and empirical issues surrounding the construction, dissemination and use of criminal records, including intelligence information, arrests, convictions and court records. While there is much in the book about the use of criminal records in criminal justice system decision making, in my blogs for The Volokh Conspiracy I will concentrate on the morality, legality and remedial proposals regarding criminal record based employment discrimination (CBED). The Washington Post | 02/02/2015 | James Jacobs

    Finding the Right Career
    When searching for a job you are bombarded with job openings and can be found fighting through challenging resume requirements, job descriptions, and qualification exams. Despite such frightening visions, finding your career match can be made easier and less overwhelming by following a few steps. First, becoming aware of your personal interests, skills, and values will allow you to match these traits with the job you are looking for. Next, you can determine the job prospect's salary and stability to ensure they are in alignment with your needs. Finally, you need to utilize all resources to find the job opportunity that matches your discovered personality and needs. Burlington County Times | 02/03/2015 | Erik Larson-Community Blogger

    ApplyConnect Launches Tenant Screening App for Real Estate Agents and Landlords
    ApplyConnect, the industry's most advanced tenant screening solution for landlords and real estate agents, recently launched a free smartphone and tablet app to enhance their users' experience. This first-to-market technology saves landlords and real estate agents time, allowing the tenant screening process to be completed at the time of a showing. The app eliminates delays in the screening process and within minutes, residents can be approved and ready to move into their new home. Digital Journal | 02/14/2015 | 7PressRelease

    N4T Investigators: Diploma Dupe
    Adam Dobres thought he had earned a high school degree online. But the 18-year old Rita Ranch resident says, "Now I have a fake diploma. I have to go back to school and get my diploma so I can go into business management." KVOA | 02/13/2015 | Matthew Schwartz

    Get settled into your new job with these 9 tips
    You spent months searching for a new job, and now the dream finally came true: You landed an awesome gig. But now comes phase two of landing the job: Getting settled into your new role. The first couple months working somewhere new can be exciting, terrifying, and confusing - and they can really make or break your time at a particular company. The Muse | 02/12/2015 | Lily Herman

    9 Tips to Help You Become a Stand-Out Candidate
    Job searching takes a lot out of a person. Updating your resume, searching high and low for job availabilities, anxiously wait for a call back (if you even get one, that is), then rinsing and repeating -- it's time-consuming and stressful, even if you ultimately get your desired result. The process is exhausting and completely not fun, but that doesn't mean you can't be good at it. Here's how to master your job search and build the career of your dreams. PayScale | 02/09/2015 | Leah Arnold-Smeets

    What to avoid doing when padding your resume
    Brian Williams and other famous names Jayson Blair (former New York Times writer), James Frey (author) have damaged their reputations for lying. Vicky Salemi, a career expert and author of "Big Career in the Big City," suggests it will be difficult for them to do so, but ordinary folks must stay clear of lying, especially on their resumes. PIX11 | 02/12/2015 | Philly.com

    Cities say DPS fingerprint checks take too long screening those working with kids
    TUCSON, Arizona - Several Arizona cities and towns say some employees and volunteers are working with children despite delays in fingerprint checks by the state. Daily Journal | 01/26/2015 | The Associated Press

    How To Respond To 8 Illegal Interview Questions
    While you may end up being asked the standard "What is your weakness?" question at a job interview, a sneaky employer may try to slip in some questions that are illegal to ask to gain some possibly sensitive information. Business Insider | 01/20/2015 | Justin Gmoser

    11 Ways To Know A Job Offer Is A Scam
    Job scams are all over the place and for a country like Nigeria where there are several unemployed graduates, it is not impossible to find unscrupulous elements who may want to seize the opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting graduates. Nigerian Bulletin | 01/15/2015 | Temitope-Jobs and Careers'

    Editorial: Indiana bill goes too far in teacher background checks
    Background checks of prospective teachers and other school employees are fundamentally important to Indiana families. Children are entrusted to educators several hours a day during the academic year, and parents should be secure in the knowledge that teachers, administrators and school support staff are law-abiding citizens. The Herald Bulletin | 01/25/2015 | THB

    Sexual-orientation discrimination bill back in ND state Senate
    North Dakota is one of the worst states in the country for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) residents based on what rights and workplace protections the state affords them, according to the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 State Equality Index report. North Dakota doesn't have any nondiscrimination laws on the books to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination in the workplace, the report states, or from decisions related to a selection to a jury, public accommodations, housing, insurance, credit, adoption or foster care. The Bismarck Tribune | 01/25/2015 | Josh Francis- Forum News Service

    Ward off age discrimination with resume
    Speaking of social media, in the space you've saved from not including your home address and landline, consider including links to your professional profile on LinkedIn and/or Facebook. Studies indicate that over 90 percent of recruiters were "highly likely" to review a candidate's social profile. If they're going to look anyway, make it easy for them to find you. Do I need to mention that your resume and online profile should complement one another? Be sure to send a consistent message and not a mixed one. Press Republican | 01/17/2015 | Paul Grasso

    The Dos and Don'ts For Entry-Level Job Seekers
    Landing your first entry-level job after college is no small feat: it can take plenty of time, discipline, and confidence to get your foot in the door. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed and in need of direction or you feel confident in your search, it's always good to hear pointers from people who have been in the same position you're in now. We took a look at a Quora thread that shed light on important things to do and not to do during this transitional period in your life. PopSugar | 01/19/2015 | Erin Cullum

    Re-Entering the Workforce with a Chronic Condition
    We hear lots of stories about how the miracles of modern medicine have helped people with chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), HIV, and even cancer get back into the swing of life. HealthlineNews | 01/15/2015 | David Heitz

    Risky Business Not Using Background Checks when Hiring
    Rosen told Business News Daily: "It would make as much sense to do that as it would to walk down the street and give the keys to [your] front door to a total stranger just because when you talk to that stranger, they look good or sound good." Although conducting background checks costs money, Rosen said that cost "is a lot cheaper than hiring an employee who steals or hurts somebody". ESR Check | 01/15/2015 | Thomas Aheam

    Lying on your CV-Yahoo resume scandal
    Corinne Mills, expert career coach and MD of Personal Career Management, gives her career advice and coaching tips on the Yahoo CV scandal with CEO Scott Thompson. YouTube | 05/22/2012 | Corinne Mills

    Big-noter who faked his CV to land an executive job at Myer was JAILED in the U.S for a string of offences including burglary and assault
    The conman-executive who got a six-figure job at Myer after fabricating his CV served time in jail in the early 1990s for a string of serious offences. In 1992, Andrew Jeffrey Flanagan, then known as Jeffrey Wayne Flanagan, was sentenced to four years in jail for burglary, reckless driving, assault and resisting arrest, The Australian Financial Review reported. Daily Mail | 07/02/2014 | Kate Lyons

    Tips for using a mobile device to land your next job
    Call me old school. As a hiring decision-maker, I didn't care to receive mobile-based messages from a job seeker for several reasons. First, it comes across as the easy way out, like something they were doing while driving or watching TV. Second, there are inevitably typos, use of "THX" and no signature block. Finally, I wouldn't want them using that method to respond to customers or executives. However, I'm slowly coming around to the future. To help me (and you) learn some of the tricks of mobile job search and recruiting, I asked a pro. Kimberley Kasper, chief marketing officer at Jobvite was kind enough to share some ideas about how job seekers can best use mobile devices to land their next jobs. Here are her top three recommendations:. BizJournals | 12/12/2014 | Dana Manciagli

    Experts offer tips for students to get ahead during winter break
    Make connections with people from home areas and family friends. You may be surprised by how much it could impact your career development," Orndorff said. "You can reach out to local businesses to see if you can shadow someone for a week. Observing someone doing their work is helpful for exploring your career goals, as you will be able to get an overview of the real-world experience you are going to get for your dream job. Penn State News | 01/13/2015 | Yixuan Li

    Entry-Level Jobs Q&A: Ask a Career Center Expert
    Amid the rising costs of tuition and rising student loan debt, there's some good news for graduating seniors. Employers anticipate hiring 8.3% more grads from the class of 2015 than they did from the class of 2014, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NerdWallet | 11/25/2014 | Danielle Lichliter

    Morbid obesity is a disability. Employers should start treating it that way
    Job interviews are an uncomfortable experience for most people. But for people like me who suffer from morbid obesity, they are especially grueling. It's hard to impress someone when you're the fat applicant. There's the added challenge of sustaining an engaging conversation as a potential future employer walks you around the premises, a hike that leaves you winded. After that, you have to squeeze into a tiny chair and present your credentials, maintaining a charming demeanor as the blood circulation to the lower half of your body is cut off. I went through this process over and over again while I was searching for a job. I did land one eventually, as a manager in one of the world's leading business schools. But my problems didn't end there. Because of my handicap, co-workers had to take over tasks that I couldn't manage mainly those that involved climbing any number of stairs or walking more than 20 feet. The Washington Post | 12/18/2014 | Helen Leahey

    Woman sues credit agency after misidentification
    A Seattle woman is suing Experian credit reporting agency for creating a mixed credit file, combining her information with another woman's. The other woman has the same first name, but has a different last name and a Social Security number that is different by one digit. KiroTV | 01/03/2015 | Natasha Chen

    Background checks: What exactly can employers find out about you?
    To cover their bases, many companies are hiring third-party screening firms to do a background check that goes well beyond checking your references and verifying your employment history. Legally, they have to get your consent first. But once they start digging, they can find out everything from whether you have a penchant for drinking and driving to whether you have a hard time paying your bills on time. FOX31 | 01/05/2015 | Laszlo Bock

    When you Master These 20 Questions, You can ace Any Interview and Land the Job of your Dreams
    Have you been looking for a job? Does going to job interviews every day and hearing the promising phrase: "we'll call you soon", make you feel that you're hoping for something that will never come, and your self-esteem gets lower after each interview? Check Out the Interview Success Formula, the #1 Online Training Program To Prepare for Job Interview And Answer Any Question. YouTube | 10/29/2014 | Interview Success Formula

    Occupational fraud, the threat from within
    Companies are already on high alert for hackers - recent security breaches at Sony, Target and Home Depot have driven home the risk of outside criminals. But many businesses may not understand the threat from the inside, otherwise known as occupational fraud. The term "occupational fraud" includes employee theft, fraud and embezzlement, or any other willful employee misconduct that can lose a company money. The Tennessean | 01/12/2015 | George Anderson

    Associate's Degrees and the Future of Jobs
    If you're familiar with America's "skills gap" you probably know there are some serious efforts to shrink it. Harvard Business School, Washington think tanks, and even President Obama have laid out plans for getting job seekers trained in the kind of skills employers will be looking for over the coming decade and beyond. Boston | 12/21/2014 | Kelly O'Brien

    Texas Goes After Houston 'Diploma Mill'
    The Texas attorney general sued Southwest Academy, All Access Net, and their sole proprietor, Lawrence Miles Jr., all of Houston, on Thursday in Harris County Court. Miles runs his business on the Internet and from an office in Houston. "Students are not required to complete any coursework in order to receive the diploma and transcript," the attorney general says, bluntly calling it "a high school diploma mill. Courthouse News Services | 01/09/2015 | Houston (CN)

    My Best Job Search Tip: How To Create An 'Interview Bucket List'
    If you're a member of the 86% of the working population recently surveyed who said they're interested in finding a better job next year, then I'd like to introduce you to one activity I know that can dramatically improve the efficiency and speed of your search. Linkedin | 01/11/2015 | J.T. O'Donnell

    Diploma Mills
    St. Claire County Assessor Gordon Bush wanted desperately to get a Ph.D, but when St. Louis University refuse to count doctorate classes he completed many years ago in school, he decided to get a doctorate from San Francisco International University. A 2007 KMOV-TV investigation into Diploma Mills, including operations in Missouri. YouTube | 05/14/2012 | Craig Cheatham

    Foreign name? Expect a tougher job hunt
    Job seekers with foreign-sounding names have to send out twice as many resumes as candidates with "native" names before landing an interview. CNN Money | 12/01/2014 | Ivana Kottasova

    How to Search For a New Job Without Alerting Your Current Employer
    There are plenty of reasons why someone who already has a job would want to go the stealthy route when searching for new employment. Yet no matter the impetus, the deployable tactics for under-the-radar job hunting remain the same. Big Think | 11/18/2014 | Robert Montenegro

    The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them
    Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I've continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What' most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don't need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate. TIME | 12/03/2014 | Laszlo Bock

    How to Re-Enter the Workforce After Being a Stay at Home Mom
    If you're a stay-at-home mom trying to rejoin the workforce, chances are you have lots of questions about the smoothest path back to employment. Maggie Mistal, a career consultant on Martha Stewart Radio, has good advice for women re-entering the workforce. YouTube | 05/07/2008 | Howdini

    Should I give a recruiting firm my Social Security number?
    I know companies ask for Social Security numbers for background checks when they are preparing to make an offer, or after they make an offer contingent on that check. I find that hard enough to deal with when we are all being told to protect such personal information. I have now been asked by a recruiting firm to provide my Social Security number so they can do a background check before they even agree to present me as part of their candidate slate. Why is this considered reasonable?. The Boston Globe | 12/14/2014 | Elaine Varelas

    Spotting Resume Fraud and Fake CV Claims
    Has the thought of embellishing your CV, resume, or portfolio crossed your mind before? Perhaps someone close to you recommended it, passing off the act as merely an outdated taboo?. Entelo blog | 01/01/2014 | Jordan Taylor

    4 Resume 'Tricks' That Are Sure to Backfire Spectacularly
    Unfortunately, if you don't use care in choosing trusted sources for job search advice, you may run into resume advice that teaches you how to "trick" the applicant tracking system (ATS) or hiring managers. I'm not here to say that there are no effective resume tricks, but there are a few that could very well backfire on you. TIME | 12/11/2014 | Jenny Foss " The Muse

    5 Job Search Tips for Pregnant Job Seekers
    Pregnant and unemployed. The words alone may make you want to cringe. After all, being either pregnant or unemployed could represent a stressful situation in your life. Taken together, it's just a bit scary. All the "normal" concerns of being jobless instantly become intensified when you're looking for a job while also preparing for the delivery of your baby. Just because it's more complicated doesn't mean that it's impossible to find a job that's perfect for you. PayScale | 12/10/2014 | Esther Lombardi

    Size Discrimination? Job seekers alarmed over weight and looks as hiring criteria
    The French president vowed to tackle booming unemployment with the country's youth increasingly turning to its more successful neighbors for jobs. It turns out many are also feeling discriminated against. RT's Maria Finoshina looked into those claims. YouTube | 01/19/2014 | RT

    NBC 6 Investigation: Online Diplomas
    Susan Knodel was searching for an alternative school after her teens, Cassandra and James, got bullied repeatedly at their school, Deerfield Beach High. NBC Miami | 11/1642014 | Mc Nelly Torres and Dan Krauth

    Avoid Receiving A Fake Diploma
    Seeking employment without a high school diploma is nearly impossible in this day and age. It is also required if you have plans of entering college or the military. Last month, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a Federal Court Judge in Florida issued a temporary restraining order against two organizations that the FTC has identified as "diploma mills. Reflejos | 10/19/2014 | Business

    Fire Chief Submits Fake Degree, Mayor Shrugs It Off
    Records show Harold Weller, who goes by the name Jody, submitted a degree from a known diploma mill when applying for the job, which required a Fire Science degree. The discovery comes as the city's department deals with high turnover, low morale and a bad public image after the city terminated one of its firefighters who was recovering from cancer. Fire Chief | 11/17/2014 | CBS46

    Antioch: Contra Costa School Board Candidate Has Criminal Past, Questionable Background Check
    What appeared to be a routine race for one of three Contra Costa Board of Education seats has taken an absurd turn as revelations surface into the criminal, educational and medical background of candidate Jeffery Belle. San Jose Mercury News | 10/16/2014 | Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times

    Absolutely Abby Helps People Find Jobs
    Just fiddle a little detail here, tell a slight fib here, a porky there and all of sudden you find your feet under a desk in the first day of your brand new job. Florida Today | 11/16/2014 | Maria Sonnenberg

    Let Joe Know: Job Seekers: Beware When Posting Your Resume On State Websites
    If you're looking for a job, you may have posted your resume on the state website, azjobconnection.gov. It's required if you collect unemployment benefits in Arizona. East Valley Tribune | 11/23/2014 | Joe Ducey " ABC 15

    Don't Lie On Your Resume or CV It Is Against Islam
    In general. lying is forbidden in Islam, is a major sin and is considered of the attributes of a hypocrite. Abu Hurayrah (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said: The signs of a hypocrite are three; he lies when talking, he breaks his promises and he deceives when entrusted ["] anyone who possesses all such qualities is a pure hypocrite" [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]. Here are some verses from the Qur'an that relate to lying:. The Islamic Workplace | 05/07/2012 |

    New Policy Requires School Staff To Be Fingerprinted
    To comply with a state mandate, Falmouth School Committee passed a policy requiring school staff to submit fingerprints for a National Background Check at its meeting Monday night, November 17. The policy also gives the superintendent discretionary authority to fingerprint school volunteers. Capenews | 11/23/2014 | Elizabeth W. Saito

    When Do Employment Background Checks Go Too Far?
    There are generally pretty clear limits on what private employers can and can't look for when conducting background checks on prospective employees, and how they can use the information they obtain. And there are no constitutional issues involved, because the Constitution does not restrict private conduct, only conduct by the government. There are some legal restrictions on what private employers can look at when they conduct background checks, but those are imposed by state and federal statutes (most of which were enacted quite recently), and have nothing to do with the constitutional rights of job applicants. Legal Match | 10/12/2010 | John Richards

    CV Fraud At Epidemic Levels
    An Auckland private investigator claims 80 per cent of CVs his firm is called in to check turn out to be false in some way. Businessday | 09/03/2014 | Fiona Rotherham

    How Serious Is CV Fraud?
    Editor of Business Day, Songezo Zibi, says it's worrying that there seems to be a trend of people lying about having qualifications for top posts. EWN | 11/24/2014 | Refilwe Pitjeng

    7 Things You Should Take Off Your Resume Right Now
    We all talk a fair game about what needs to be on your resume, but there's also plenty of stuff that should be removed. The fluff. The blabber. The full-on oddities. And even some of the details you think are important.. USA Today | 11/28/2014 | The Muse

    6 Job Search Tips For The 50+ Crowd
    If you are over 50 years old, and looking for employment, you have your work cut out for you. You're up against a plethora of recent college graduates also looking, and even though employers can't legally engage in age discrimination, it still happens. In fact, ExecuNet, an executive-level membership website, reports that a vice president over age 50 requires 20% more time to land a position than someone at the same level in their early- to mid-forties. So if you're dusting off your resume, keep these tips in mind to accelerate your job search:. Retirement | 11/30/2014 | Stephen Cooper

    Transgender Faces Discrimination In Job Search
    Roughly 50 percent transgenders faces discrimination when seeking employment. The hope now is from the private sector where companies embrace a diverse working environment as long as it does the business. CCTV News | 09/08/2012 | BizAsiaAmerica YouTube

    Know Which Steps To Take When Re-Entering The Workforce
    The October jobs report had more good news for the nation's economy and the millions of Americans looking for work. The unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, its lowest since 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And more than 2.6 million jobs were added over the past 12 months, the best period since early 2006. VegasINC | 11/30/2014 | Suzanne M. Ellis

    On LinkedIn, a Reference List You Didn't Write.
    LinkedIn is the industry leader in helping people make work connections. Log on, and this professional-networking site displays a sampling of people you may know often including colleagues at a user's own workplace = with whom to start hobnobbing. The New York Times | 11/08/2014 | Natasha Singer

    Legal Eagle: Can you Go To Prison For Lying On Your CV?
    Just fiddle a little detail here, tell a slight fib here, a porky there and all of sudden you find your feet under a desk in the first day of your brand new job. Manchurian Matters | 9/16/2014 | Ruth Peters = Olliers Solicitors

    8News Investigates: Fake Diplomas Are Easy to "Earn"
    In today's competitive job market you might be tempted to beef up your resume. Diploma mills crank out fake degrees and job seekers are using them to dupe employers. ABC 8 News | 11/07/2014 | WRIC Newsroom

    Applicants claim discrimination during Wilco job interviews.
    Videos released Tuesday showed Williamson County Commissioners admitting to asking job candidates about abortion, religion and gay marriage, as more people came forward and said they were asked those questions during job interviews. Kvue ABC | 10/29/2014 | Tom Miller

    3 Tips for a More Mindful (and Less Stressful) Job Search.
    Even the most serene among us can get thrown by a job search. The dizzying highs of a promising interview and the staggering lows of a string of rejections can wear away a person's resolve. But something that can help you stay focused and grounded is the practice of mindfulness. Huffington Post | 11/06/2014 | Caroline Contillo - Idealist Careers

    3 Common (and Increasingly Dangerous) Lies People Tell on Resumes.
    Applicants embellish their resumes to gain an edge over the competition, but liars beware, says Becky Parker, director of services and support for employment screening for human resources and business solutions provider Insperity. Main St | 10/21/2014 | Kathryn Tuggle

    5 Ways To Get The Job - Even If You're Not The Most Qualified Candidate
    As a job seeker, you'll always have competition - and you may not be the "best" or most qualified candidate for the job. But that doesn't mean you can't get it. Business Insider | 10/29/2014 | Emmie Martin

    GIS Partners with iCIMS to Provide Clients with Enhanced Hiring Process
    GIS and iCIMS, two best-in-breed providers of hiring and onboarding solutions, have partnered to bring hiring enhancements to mutual clients that reduce time-to-hire while increasing compliance. Business Wire | 10/28/2014 | Karolyn Nordfors

    Academic Fraud or not, UNC Students Likely Will Keep Degrees
    What happens to the 3,100 students who enrolled in fake classes and now have a degree stamped with the seal of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - an institution consistently ranked among the nation's top public schools? My Fox 8 | 10/26/2014 | CNN Wire

    Resume Fakery Is Rampant and Global, Can Cause Myriad Problems for Employers
    The problem of resume fraud is a perennial HEADACHE for HR, and as fresh as the latest headlines. Bloomberg BNA | 10/27/2014 | Martin Berman-Gorvine

    An alleged conman charged with falsifying his work history to win an executive job at Myer faces nine fraud-related charges
    Flanagan allegedly lied in his resume, verbal employment history and references that he had held a number of senior executive positions, charge sheets allege. SBS | 10/20/2014 | AAP

    Protocol examined after sub's 'To Catch a Predator' appearance surfaces
    New details emerged Monday in the recent firing of a substitute teacher who is accused of soliciting sex from a minor in 2006. WSBT22 | 10/21/2014 | Kelli Stopczymski

    Are background checks on social networks too invasive?
    Employers can now hire a company to legally gather information that is already publicly available. ABC15 Arizona | 06/27/2011 | YouTube

    Good Grief: Study Shows Many CEOs Get Less Background Checking Than Graduates.
    It's not often you come across a piece of data that stops you in your psychic tracks, but this one did: According to Human Resources executives, many CEOs go through less background screening than does the average college graduate. Forbes | 10/22/2011 | Victor Lipman

    The geography of joblessness
    IN THE OECD, a club mostly of rich countries, nearly 45m people are unemployed. Of these, 16m have been seeking work for over a year. Many put this apparently intractable scourge down to workers' inadequate skills or overgenerous welfare states. But might geography also play a role? The Economist | 10/25/2011 | Print Edition Finance Economics

    Four Lies Your Employees Told You To Get The Job
    Every so often, some poor high-flying executive finds himself publicly humiliated when it emerges he hasn't been entirely honest about his qualifications. The latest such episode saw Walmart communications boss David Tovar resign from the retailer after it emerged the art degree the vice president said he had received from the University of Delaware had never been awarded. Cue embarrassing headlines all around the world. Forbes | 10/03/2014 | David Prosser

    Smith County deputy's education credentials under review
    TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -- A Smith County Sheriff's deputy is under investigation by the Texas Rangers for using a questionable bachelor's degree to earn a bigger paycheck over the past year. CBS19 | 10/02/2014 | Kenneth Dean - KYTX

    4 Steps to a Compliant Screening Program When Your Candidate Has a Criminal Record
    Not a month went by in 2013 without a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against an employer for their background screening practices. Virtual-Strategy Magazine | 10/06/2014 | Jason Morris - PR Web

    Resume Embellishment: What are the Guidelines?
    Surveys taken over the years indicate as many as four in five resumes contain misleading information or outright lies. With a tight job market and technology allowing for easy resume editing, is it little wonder employers put more effort into background, credit and reference checks than ever before? Winston-Salem Journal | 10/06/2014 | Randy Wooden

    The Real Cost of America's Online Diploma Mill Nightmare
    Too often consumers are seen as "co-conspirators" rather than victims of fraud. It obscures a much larger problem. Salon | 10/07/2014 | Cabell Gathman - The Daily Dot

    Does That Headhunter Want Your Head, or Your Secrets?
    IntelCrawler, a Sherman Oaks, California,security firm, said it has uncovered a database of user names and passwords from a government jobs website that is being sold in the underground. The company has alerted U.S. authorities, who are investigating the matter. Bloomberg | 9/16/2014 | Jordan Robertson

    Social media monitoring in the workplace: When is it discriminatory?
    Due to the ever-growing popularity of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, social media has influenced our everyday vernacular, personal relationships (or lack thereof), and even hiring practices. Statistically speaking, every 2 in 5 employers admit to using social media to screen potential hires, while 65 percent of those surveyed claimed that evaluating candidate's professionalism in terms of social conduct was the most important reason for social media screening. Indianapolis Recorder | 10/09/2014 | Ebony Chappel - Mobile News

    Legal Eagle: Can you Go To Prison For Lying On Your CV?
    Just fiddle a little detail here, tell a slight fib here, a porky there and all of sudden you find your feet under a desk in the first day of your brand new job. Manchurian Matters | 9/16/2014 | Ruth Peters - Olliers Solicitors

    Age Discrimination - How To Handle It In Your Job Search
    If you follow my Forbes blog, you know that I've written over 150 posts around careers, job search, leadership, networking, women's professional issues and more. One issue that I find extremely hard to nail down and address effectively, however, is age bias. We all know it exists, and many (dare I say virtually all) of us over 50 have faced it head on. The critical question isn't "Is there age bias?" but "How should I handle it when I experience it? Forbes | 9/26/2014 | Kathy Caprino

    5 Ways To Stay On The Good Side Of Your Recruiter
    Great recruiters can be a really useful tool to use in your job search - they can give you handy hints about your CV and they usually have some inside knowledge about the job you're going for. OK, so there are some dodgy ones out there - but there are also some great ones, so it's definitely worth considering using them in your job search. Business 2 Community | 9/25/2014 | Scarlett Wilson

    Soon, You'll Have To Tell the Truth on Your Resume
    A top Wal-Mart spokesman, David Tovar, resigned earlier this month after the company discovered he had lied about earning a degree from the University of Delaware. The fudged credential, which surfaced while the company was vetting him for a promotion, follows resume blunders by other high-profile executives, such as former Yahoo Inc. chief Scott Thompson, tripped up by claiming he had an accounting and computer-science degree from Stonehill College when he had pursued a different major, and former Herbalife Ltd. President Gregory Probert, who never actually got his M.B.A., despite claiming to have done so. The Wall Street Journal | 9/20/2014 | Melissa Korn

    Is there too much emphasis on college degrees?
    Walmart's (WMT) chief spokesman, David Tovar, resigned recently after the retail giant discovered that he lied on his resume. Tovar said he had graduated from the University of Delware in 1996, when in reality he had not finished his coursework for the degree. CBS Money Watch | 9/17/2014 | Suzanna Lucas

    Kyrgyzstan: Indian Medical Students Caught in Diploma Mill?
    In a light vinyl jacket, Adi slides awkwardly on the ice in front of his Bishkek dormitory. It's the first time he's ever seen snow: It's like God's grace falling down. EURESIANET | 12/06/2011 | David Trilling

    Umpteenth attempt: CDA forms two committees to verify staffers' degrees
    ISLAMABAD: The incumbent Capital Development Authority (CDA) management has met the same fate as its predecessor's in its efforts to verify the educational credentials of the civic agency's 18,000 employees. THE EXPRESS Tribune | 4 July 2014 | Danish Hussain

    Bihar to intensify teachers' degree verification drive
    Bihar government on Thursday said it would intensify the drive to verify educational degrees of contractual teachers appointed between 2000 and 2011. Financial Express | 4 July 2014 | Santosh Singh

    Websites Fake Credentials to Help People Get Hired
    In a tough job market like this people will do almost anything to get a job. But faking an entire resume and work history? Complete with our own website and phony Twitter followers? That's the big new job market whose slogan might as well be, no credentials, no problem. ABC News - 20/20 | 6/13/2014 | Deborah Roberts

    New scrutiny for caregivers, including fingerprints
    Spurred by concern that criminals are landing jobs working with frail and elderly residents, Minnesota is poised to begin requiring fingerprint background checks for tens of thousands of workers who care for the state' most vulnerable residents. StarTribune | 5/14/2014 | CHRIS SERRE

    Smart questions root out CV liars
    It''s the episode of The Apprentice everyone looks forward to, when the remaining candidates face the interviewers, their CVs are scrutinised and the liars are caught red-handed. But how many people lie, or at least embellish, their work experience and skills? According to LinkedIn-based research by Adecco, the UK's largest recruiter, one in 10 people have lied on their LinkedIn profile. FinancialTimes | 19 March 2014 | Janina Conboye

    Desperate measures: Why some people fake their resumes
    The next time you come across a resume that's too good to be true, add a couple of extra items to the "abilities" segment: envy and immorality. Experts say people who lie on their CVs are likely to have been unemployed for a long time and appear to be motivated by jealousy for other people who have landed jobs when they haven't. CNBC | 2/7/2014 | Allison Linn

    Resume Falsification Statistics
    Source: Accu-Screen, Inc., ADP, The Society of Human Resource Managers | Research Date: 7.16.2012