Desperate to even get a job interview call, and even more desperate to land a job, several employers are reporting a trend where many local job applicants are pushing resumes with grades and qualifications that they do not actually have.
This issue is said to be prevalent among almost all age group, but mostly among applicants between the ages of 25 to 35.
While the problem can take varying forms, the non-presentation of original certification or any potentially non-traceable document seems to be the preferred norm.
But when questioned about the non-availability of original documentation to support the academic profile that was established on their CV’s, most of the applicants will either claimed that they were lost or destroyed in a fire, among other things.
However, random checks by some vigilant employers have proven time and time again that the qualifications that are listed on the CV’s of many applicants are often contrary to what is in the original records at the university or at the Caribbean Examination’s Council (CXC).
In other cases, no record can be found for the named job applicant.
Many employers have also complained about applicants adding previous places of employment, for which a thorough check will often reveal that they were never an employee of that establishment.
From many local banks to other prominent entities such as the Office of the President, the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Unicef local office, Digicel, and a host of others, many of the applicants have been brave enough to add these places on their CV’s to impress a prospective employer.
After all, they know that it is somewhat difficult to call up the HR from these companies and readily get information on someone who claims to be an ex-employee.
Over a dozen business entities in downtown Georgetown alone have told the Guyana Guardian that bogus CV information and certification claims from job applicants have increased so drastically over the past four years that it is now an extremely difficult situation to effectively tackle and clean up.
Questioned on why these fraudulent occurrences are not reported to the police or any other authority, most employers say that they are reluctant to make the job seeker’s life harder.
“If somebody bring a job application with false information to me fuh a wuk and I think it is false, I will tell dem dat and leh dem go dem their way. Reporting them to de police might only meI dem life harder, and will also waste my time when I cud be doing something to generate money for my business” explained a downtown retail store owner.
Nonetheless, some are of the view that a more reliable central employment record database probably has to be established, and which should be tasked with giving employers an opportunity to confirm the true qualifications, work history and other information for a prospective job applicant.
In acknowledging that the problem is prevalent in Guyana, some observers were quick to point out that the bogus CV’s is not restricted to Guyana alone.
At least one man was quick to point out at least two instances where prominent individuals have also lied about their qualifications in their job applications.