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Resume fraud — the practice of falsifying information on resumes — may happen for different reasons and to varying degrees among job applicants. But experts who have studied resume fraud say it’s common and may be growing, and that it always should be viewed as a red flag by employers.

“As a hiring manager, trust and integrity are two of the biggest things on my list,” says Jennifer Kochilaris, a regional vice president with Adecco, one of the top staffing companies in the U.S. “That’s what any [employer] wants to see, above any skill.”

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