Increase in “short course” lies cropping up on CVs

South Africa has seen an exponential rise in the number of short courses or short learning programmes offered at a tertiary level, due to their cost effectiveness and serving as a great addition to a resume.

However, data published by background screening company, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), shows a 5% jump in the number of discrepancies for these types of qualifications in South Africa.

The results from MIE’s Background Screening Index for 2016 revealed that the most common qualification discrepancies found were international at 45.43% (42.01% in 2015), Africa at 37% (33.90%) and tertiary short course at 29.64% (24.85%).

The company conducted a total of 561,346 qualification checks in 2016 – up 17% from 2015.

“MIE’s results highlight that a candidate’s educational history is the most likely aspect to contain discrepancies when compared to other background screening checks,” the report said. Within these parameters, lies major and minor discrepancies.

It noted that minor discrepancies include misrepresented results, such as a candidate being in the process of completing their qualification, rather than having been awarded their qualification, while major discrepancies include fraudulent results.

“Such results include a candidate forging or altering their certificate deliberately, or never having been awarded the qualification in the first place.”

Frequently lied about facts on CV’s included:

  • Responsibilities
  • Skills
  • Titles
  • Period of employment
  • Companies worked at
  • Reason for leaving

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Increase in “short course” lies cropping up on CVs