25 JUN: Managers are the worst offenders when it comes to making false claims when trying to land a new job, research by a talent assessment company shows.
SHL, which provides tools to help recruiters select staff, said a study conducted of 1277 Australian workers aged 18-64 years showed 39 per cent of managers had lied in their resumes.
By comparison, 25 per cent of other workers had lied in a resume in 2012, down from 32 per cent last year, which suggested job seekers were more confident about their credentials with the economy bouncing back in most sectors.
"It's alarming to see that managers are the worst offenders for misrepresenting themselves to employers, with 18 per cent exaggerating or making up their level and range of experience," SHL managing director Stephanie Christopher said.
Managers who lacked the necessary skills to manage a team, bring projects to completion or adhere to budgets could significantly affect the business, she said.
"Managers' false claims to experience can also undermine their credibility, ultimately affecting team morale and productivity when it becomes evident they do not have the appropriate skills."
SHL also said 25 per cent of employees admitted to applying for a job with no intention of taking the role in order to test the job market, brush up on their interview skills or negotiate a higher salary with their current employer.
Generation Y workers were twice as likely as baby boomers to apply for a job they didn't plan to take.
"This 'grass is greener' attitude of curious but uncommitted candidates creates extra effort for HR managers and slows down the entire recruitment process," Ms Christopher said.