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Employers: Get a new Employment Application


Most smaller business go to Office Depot and pick up a packet of standard applications. Big mistake. Most of those applications are not state-specific and may even ask questions prohibited by state laws.

A legally reviewed employment application is critical. Solely relying on a resume does not solve the problem: you should get signatures that the candidate signs understanding that you’re an at-will employer; that they approve of you getting references or background checks; and that any lies on the application could result in failure to hire or termination.

Also – studies suggest that up to 70% of all resumes contain false or misleading information.

An even clearer argument is made by Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew Norfleet in this post on the Shaw Valenza website.

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