Don’t you love it when a terrific clinical research associate (CRA) just falls out of the sky? That is what happened to me recently—an outstanding resume seemed to literally drop in my lap.
This CRA had the perfect education, terrific experience with a reputable contract research organization, and a wonderfully diverse therapeutic listing. Was she too good to be true? Maybe…maybe not.
We have noted an alarming trend in this industry of individuals committing outright fraud by faking all or part of their resumes. To clarify, I am not talking about fabrications such as extensions of dates, inappropriately representing a completed degree, or merely embellishing a few key skills. I am speaking about outright falsification of credentials.
Identifying this trend is our business because networking with CRAs is our business. With more than 40,000 individuals in our database holding a CRA title, we have found that approximately 17% of them have falsified all or part of their resumes.
Want more proof? A quick Google search will show you there are several existing organizations that will create false employment history for candidates at a price. Just search on “how to write a fake resume” and you will be amazed…one example likely to pop up is Fake Your Job, but you will easily find others.
We have taken on the mission to arm hiring managers with information to spot potentially fraudulent CRAs. We recently published the first article in a series about “Fake CRAs,” and we hope you find it useful.
Author: Angela Roberts