Recruiters and the LinkedIn Liars…..
When it comes to putting together a LinkedIn profile, just like a CV, many will be a little creative with the truth. Fair enough to a certain point. I don’t really have a problem with a little cherry on the top to present oneself in the most favourable light or even missing out stuff that isn’t really relevant (I don’t think my small stint working on a fairground is necessary to include for example!!!). But then there are those whose profile is just full of lies…. big, fat, juicy, Lance Armstrong-esque lies
These lies come in various forms.:
The obvious is those that make-up (or forget) large chunks of their career. Dates of previous employment are changed to conveniently fill gaps, often at the same time hiding jobs that they don’t want to reveal.
Then there are those whose descriptions of what they did, or are currently doing in a job is so far from the truth it is like reading an article in a tabloid paper. A basic “Recruitment Consultant’ suddenly gets a promotion three years after they left to ‘Team Leader”
Some people’s long list of recommendations read as if they are some sort of demi-god. We all like a genuine recommendation and especially when it is unsolicited, But when they are just are an exercise in mutual back slapping … “You don’t know me that well but say something good about me (I will even write it for you) and I will do the same back”. …well, it doesn’t really mean anything.
And there are those whose profile, updates, job postings and general big noting of themselves have as much truth to them as the Easter bunny (I am pretty sure no one under the age of 10 who reads this blog…. but sorry if I just shattered your innocence!)
There is very little anyone can do about this. LinkedIn is a public site and as long as you are keeping it ‘clean’ then you won’t come under the attention of the LinkedIn police. Maybe you should be able to report an offender – maybe you already can, I don’t know? But that is not really the point; and in any case who can really be bothered – I have better things to do with my time.
But what we should all definitely take the time to do is not assume everything we read on LinkedIn is true. If you automatically just believe what you see then more fool you. And that applies not just to recruiters sourcing candidates, but also to candidates sourcing recruiters. Just because someone says their business opened two years ago, don’t assume it is true – maybe they have actually only been in business for 6 months (you know who you are) !!! Similar to when a candidate says they were at their last employer for 3 years as General Manager – but in reality were only promoted into that role in the last 6 months. Or the person who was ‘travelling’ for the last year but in fact have been in a series of failed jobs. I could go on…it is shocking the number of fraudulent profiles out there.
As LinkedIn continues its popularity with recruiters, in many cases becoming the primary sourcing tool, and replacing CVs as that first look at someone, so we all need to be much, much more vigilant. Smart recruiters will continue to do what they have always done and be thorough in checking someone out. Poor recruiters will just make assumptions and believe what they see, either out of naivety or laziness.
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