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Thursday, March 23, 2006

IT pays to be honest

Sometime ago we read about IT companies firing employees for faking expense claims. Now, IT Companies have turned their attention towards employees who submit fake CV’s. With the kind of recruitment and churn that is happening in the IT and ITES sector, it was time that the industry joined hands to curb this problem.

Wipro has just fired some employees for faking their CVs. It has also filed police complaints against several recruitment agencies for helping these employees falsify CV information.

Manipulation of resumes, often in active collaboration with recruitment agencies, and sometimes with the knowledge of recruitment personnel of IT companies, is assuming alarming proportions.

One often hears that the IT companies themselves fake the CV’s of some of the employees when the employee’s CV is sent out to the client for being staffed on a new project or for an onsite assignment. I’m not too sure about the extent to which this is prevalent. If this is true, who’ll put an end to this practice?

9 Comments:

  • Faking won't stop for the next few years definitely, until these top companies become aggressive in arresting this problem...

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 4:15 PM  

  • Company-sponsored fake CVs are pretty common (atleast that is what i heard very recently) for companies in Europe where they have to recruit non-eu (mostly indians) people to work within Europe. This is necessary for them, because they have to prove that "They were not able to find a resource with the required skills within that country and within EU"

    By Blogger Rajaram S, at 6:24 PM  

  • "One often hears that the IT companies themselves fake the CV’s of some of the employees when the employee’s CV is sent out to the client for being staffed on a new project or for an onsite assignment.I’m not too sure about the extent to which this is prevalent. If this is true, who’ll put an end to this practice?"

    This is true and prevalent Kaps.....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at 8:35 PM  

  • Fake/doctored CVs in IT are as prevalent as "paper chase" in madras univ. There is something about us and "using the system" funda. The laws of unbalanced demand and available skill supply will even out in the long run, one way or another.

    By Blogger D.N.A., at 12:31 AM  

  • highly common among indian grads in the us.

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 1:42 AM  

  • 1. Like other have mentioned, it is very prevalent. I may even add - rampant. I do not want to selectively name any communities, but you can clearly see a good proportion from 2-3 specific communities. Also, NASSCOM was going to create a service where all genuine candidates were to register with their credentials. That way, they were going to attempt creating a massive database of bonafide professionals and thus weed out the fake ones. Not sure, where that idea is now?

    By Blogger Rubic_Cube, at 2:37 AM  

  • An interesting and high profile case recently is the CEO of Radioshack (a major US electronic retailer) had to quit because of his fake CV

    Link

    http://www.kamcity.com/namnews/asp/newsarticle.asp?newsid=25993


    It is a universal problem but manifests more in India bcos of too many peole and too few jobs

    Slakhs

    By Blogger SLN, at 3:34 AM  

  • Kaps: Can I put an addendum to CM's comment?

    highly common among indian grads in the us who join small consulting companies (i.e. glorified body shoppers)

    But there is another side to this which I posted about a long time ago when I was just starting on my job search. Companies simply don't invest in training employees. So if you are fresh out of school without any experience, you can say goodbye to any chances of getting a job, particularly because in India, the concept of internships has not caught on, apart from a handful of institutions. I was lucky cos my company wanted someone fresh to turn processes around, i.e. they preferred someone with clean, unadulterated book knowledge about ideal case scenarios and practices that they can use for bench marking. From my side, I am contributing in this manner and am also learning that I need to be flexible with my methodologies.

    By Blogger anantha, at 6:02 AM  

  • Huh what to say... more business for the so called private detective agencies... also it would help if NASSCOM or some organization keeps a central database on the IT Employees and profile, but given the corporate rivalry, such things would never takeoff.

    By Blogger politically_incorrect_guy, at 3:36 PM  

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