The Internet has made it simpler than ever for companies to look up candidates and verify their information – and more and more companies are taking advantage of the opportunity. A simple phone call or records search will tell most companies whether you received a degree from a certain institution, when you received it, and what it covered.
Discrepancies in resume information have become a “hot topic” in hiring recently, which means that employers are now attempting to verify education credentials at every step, from the high school diploma or GED to doctoral and professional degrees. Here’s what you need to know:
Why You Should Double-Check Your Education Information
“Fact-checking” your own resume may feel odd. In a way, it’s like fact-checking your own life. But here’s what a mistake in your education information might cost you:
- The interview. When competition for a position is intense, hiring managers look for any reason to narrow down the field of candidates for an interview. Even an innocent mistake may land your resume in the circular file instead of the “must-call” pile.
- The salary you deserve. Many companies make compensation decisions based in part on an employee’s educational history. Misstating the name of your degree or the work you’ve completed might cause you to be “ranked” less highly in the company’s salary structure than your education entitles you to be.
- The job offer. When a mistake in your education information comes to light during the interview or during a reference check, it may cause you to lose the job offer to another candidate – even if you are ideal for the position.
How to Ensure Your Education Information is Accurate
It’s wise to assume that hiring managers will be fact-checking your education information. Here’s how to ensure that what they see is what you’ve accomplished:
- Research your education and academic details. As a candidate, you can contact your education institution to research what you completed as far as a degree or certification, as well as confirm what name was placed on their records for your education. Ask about the titles of your courses and the level of program you studied to ensure that you’re presenting these details accurately on your resume. This helps to guarantee that potential employers are able to verify your education without any issues.
- Double-check your documentation. What, exactly, does your diploma say? What were the names of key courses you took during your graduate program? Double-check your certificates and transcripts for the precise wording, and use it on your resume. If in doubt, contact your school’s registrar for guidance.
- Have a friend quiz you. Ask a trusted friend or relative to check your resume and to ask you questions about your education based on the information you’ve provided. Your answers will help ensure that your memory matches your application.
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