Why can’t self-reported career data be trusted?
It has been widely recognized that individuals’ resumes, LinkedIn profiles and other self-reported career records, cannot be taken as a trustworthy source of information. According to HireRight’s 2018 employment screening benchmark report, 84% of employers have identified lies or misrepresentations on applicants’ resumes; up dramatically from 2012, when 66% reported finding fabrications.
It’s not only people who lie on their resumes. As early as 2012, Inside Higher Ed magazine estimated that fraud in higher education, selling fake degrees and diplomas, was a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion business.
A study by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) of some 5.5 million background investigations showed discrepancies in 46% of educational, employment and reference checks. This explains why 73% of U.S. employers perform employment pre-hire checks and 51% verify education credentials and certifications.
This is why we are creating the Internet of Careers™.
 Employment Screening Benchmark Report, HireRight, 2018
 Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2012
 Annual Screening Index, ADP, 2009
 The Employment Screening Service Market to 2025, ResearchAndMarkets.com, February 2018