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Background checks and screening can reveal misleading or downright false information found on a resume. These areas typically are ones that people may either embellish or worse, prevaricate.

Fake Company – a tactic used to hide employment gaps; legitimate companies can be verified by business licenses or DBA (doing business as) filings.

Dates of Employment – it is perfectly acceptable to list only years, but don’t exaggerate your tenure in a position or the length of stay at a company; a thorough reference check will turn up employment gaps

Job Title – inflated position titles or phantom promotions can be verified through reference checks

Education – listing false academic degrees and institutions or technical skills and certifications; background screening includes verifying credentials

Professional licenses – putting an unearned title next to your name can be a major problem since employers are legally liable and can incur financial penalties; background screening verifies licenses with accrediting agencies

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