Resume fraud is risky business

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. It's a tough economy and with high rates of unemployment, resume fraud is on the rise.

In Mesa County, the job market is still very competitive, but making false claims on your resume could be detrimental to your job search.

Dennis Terhune and his wife Karen are both veterans on the hunt for a job. He's been dishonest on his resume in the past and found out quickly it wasn't worth it.

Now he operates on a new policy.

“An employer knows what type of person he's getting. I might not have the experience, but I'm honest," said Terhune.

Putting false information on your resume runs the risk of getting caught by potential employers. Diane Schwenke, the President of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, says in a small community like Mesa County businesses may talk to each other about potential job candidates.

“A lot of times we don't share information about applicants, sometimes we do in terms of: this person has said this or didn't you have a person with this name that didn't work out?” said Schwenke.

The Mesa County Workforce Center suggests a different approach when it comes to spicing up your resume.

“That's where the creativity should come into play in how you format the information, not distort the information that you're putting on there," said Suzie Miller of The Mesa County Workforce Center.

How do you make yourself stand out among the crowd the honest way?

“Find out a lot from a letter that accompanies a resume, if there are typos in it, if they are personalizing it to a position they are applying for,” said Schwenke.

“Cover letters should be personalized to that job and that company and do research on that company so you know who you're applying with," said Miller.

For the Terhune’s, one thing they can add to their resume is that they know how to work as a team.

“It's a team effort, because it all comes down as a team effort, those two paychecks come together," said Karen Terhune.

The Mesa County Workforce Center offers free help for anyone in the community who needs assistance putting together a resume and finding a job. The Workforce Center will be hosting a job fair on February 4, 2014. From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the fair is exclusively open to veterans and after that it's open to everyone until 3:00 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

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