Bruce’s Summary: Applications, what a pain! The question is a pain for whom? I have heard this so many times over the years from applicants and loudest have been those who reside in the senior level ranks. These folks feel it only necessary that they fill out what they think is important, especially in the employment section. After spending a sizable amount for the creation of their resume, it only seems logical to just insert it in the application. Come on, it needs to be put to good use. The applicant feels all that is necessary is just write, in large letters, in the Employment History Section, “See Resume” and there it’s finished and ready to be submitted. It’s not that I feel that the individual is lazy, well it depends, but what’s really going on?
A very old American tradition, still in use today, is the art of embellishing one’s resume. This is big business and has reached the level of having become a true art. I certainly don’t blame anyone for trying to skip this step but if something were embellished or even let’s say mistakenly added such as someone implying within their resume that they have a degree and somehow it is shown later to be an intended or just a honest mistake, what would be the organization’s recourse. A resume does not have the language an application has about falsification nor is there a signature testifying to the accuracy of the information. Without a completed and signed application verifying all the information to be true – good luck HR or the organization. How I have handled it in the past with applicants, is simply the interviewing process cannot start without it. With those applicants who loudly complain and/or refuse to complete the application, it usually is a sign of more surprises to come.
If your application has not been reviewed over the last couple of years, it’s time. The author gives some great insight into things that shouldn’t be in an application and things that should not be asked “None of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor are Calvin Associates consultants engaged to offer legal advice. If there is a need for legal advice, please contact and seek the advice of independent legal counsel.”