- Stretching work dates.
- Inflating past accomplishments and skills.
- Enhancing job titles and responsibilities.
- Exaggerating educational background.
- Inventing periods of "self-employment" to cover up unemployment.
- Omitting past employment.
- Faking credentials.
- Falsifying reasons for leaving prior employment.
- Providing false references.
- Misrepresenting a military record.
Specialists note that digital advances have allowed for greater scrutiny of job applications, raising the risks for lying. "People are asking us to check more things than they have historically so it would suggest they're more concerned about it," Ben Allen, President and CEO of the security firm Kroll, told CBS. In fact, the Society for Human Resource Management says employee background checks of all kinds are way up over the past decade, from about two-thirds of all employers conducting a check a decade ago to 96 percent. AOL Jobs contributor and career coach expert Miriam Salpeter has referred to the "paradox" of resume lying -- the worst-case scenario is that you get the job. Eventually, you will be found out. And it's for that reason that career experts strongly discourage job seekers from trying to cut a corner to get ahead.
For Thompson, the bad news initially extended beyond his name becoming synonymous with "liar." In March of last year, Thompson was reported as having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. But by July, he was given a clean bill of health, according to the Wall Street Journal, and was appointed CEO of ShopRunner Inc., an online-shopping website based out of Philadelphia. More From AOL Jobs