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What's Happening
The newsletter for switched on people
Issue 69 | Winter 2005

Truth or fiction

The Australian Financial Review (Fiona Smith, 5 July, 2005) suggests that one in five people lie about their background when applying for jobs.  I’ve heard that the figures are even higher in the USA.

Recent high profile examples in Australia, of make believe CVs, have been seen in the medical area and in local government.  This poses a problem for organisations today when recruiting at all levels of the business.  How do you know the person you are recruiting is the same as the one described on paper?

This month Standards Australia have released guidelines for public comment to set a new benchmark.  They include;

  • Identity check with photo identification
  • Verify address history for five consecutive years
  • Check CV for unexplained gaps
  • Personal references and work references from direct  managers for a minimum of 5 years
  • Police records check
  • Check directorships with ASIC for conflicts of interest
  • Verify academic qualifications and professional memberships
For many of these guidelines you will need the applicant’s approval and authorization.  Sure this may be time consuming but with the statistics so high on ‘fake’ CVs it could also save you a lot of time further down the track.


Personally speaking

Thanks for your feedback
Many of you spoke with Alison over the past month and provided feedback on this newsletter “What’s Happening?”  Thank you for taking the time.  The response was great and we have incorporated your comments.  I hope you like the new format.

I also received a couple of comments through our website…“I just love the website and the newsletter it provides me with just enough information to keep my thoughts focused for the day. Thank you for your effort,
keep up the good work.”

Tess Gornik
Thanks Tess that’s the goal I have for everyone.  Thank you!

Another note said“..shame you are not in Victoria.”  In fact I am in Victoria almost every second week.
Over the past nine years my consultants and I we have consulted in every state and territory for companies like Fairfax, Commonwealth Bank and more.  So my lap top is my office where ever your organisation is I can be too.

Until next month, take care, thinking of you all reading this in London at this time.

Kind regards, Sam


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