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Fake Job Reference Agencies Claim to Make You Look Good

Fake Job Reference Agencies Claim to Make You Look Good

Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose, but using businesses that offer fake job references is a shady idea. Companies like CareerExcuse.com and Alibi HQ will pretend to be a previous employer and act as a reference when a potential employer calls.

CareerExcuse offers a three-day trial and then charges customers $64 for each year of service. It's a business run on dishonesty but founder William Schmidt defends it saying, "At least I know I was able to help someone get a paycheck and provide for himself and his family." Alibi HQ has been around longer than CareerExcuse and offers more than just fabricated job references; it's also in the business of selling fake landlord references and doctor's notes. Both companies say business is booming.

Lying to secure a job makes me incredibly uncomfortable and these services seem as bad as paying for friends. Avoid having to resort to fake references by consistently reaching out to your network and leaving every job with your good reputation intact.

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dianadilettante dianadilettante 6 years
Ah, those who use this kind of scams will get exposed in the end, anyway. If you don't have the skills, then you just don't.
Frenched Frenched 6 years
It's a very clever idea but it's so, so wrong. I could see it backfiring, too.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
>Morally it's wrong I guess.....but I like. I don't really understand this attitude. You don't have the right to decide for an employer if you have enough experience.
syako syako 6 years
Yeah I gotta agree with Tidal. You deserve it if you're qualified. Plain and simple.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
@ilanac "if this helps someone who's deserving get a job - then that's great. " Anyone who flat out lies to a potential employer is not deserving of a job.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
in a sad way - that's kind of smart. i know a lot of people that would be great for a job, but they don't have the history or the experience that is required and are automatically dropped out of consideration. if this helps someone who's deserving get a job - then that's great.
mek123 mek123 6 years
I have been scammed by fake references in the past, I hired someone based on her references and by the second week it was clear that she didn't have the skills to do the job, she was gone in her third week so in the long run it will catch up with you. And I agree, what happened to professional pride, this is just wrong.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
I couldn't even believe that these places exist when I first read about them! Consumerist wrote an article about these places as a heads-up to HR. Even though I agree that most places don't check your references, think of the embarrassment you'd feel if a potential employer found out you used a fake reference! Honestly, it's not worth the money.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 6 years
i agree with syako 100%...is there no professional pride anymore? it's horrifyingly scary how someone can easily use fake references...what happened to accountability?!
syako syako 6 years
If these companies want to help people "get a paycheck" maybe they should be in the business of helping people get jobs they are actually qualified for not be in the business of lying and manipulation.
syako syako 6 years
Guys, this is wrong on so many levels. 1) If the position requires more experience, there is usually a reason for this. So it's not just about making up stuff, it's about getting out there and gaining that experience, learning the knowledge and skills and actually being qualified for the job. 2) It will be pretty obvious to most employers if you say you have experience in the position and then get there and not know anything about the job except maybe what you learned in school or as an intern. There's a reason for experience. You actually learn things by taking entry level positions and working your way up like everyone else.
typeA typeA 6 years
i job hunted for 14 months after my masters. i now work abroad, but want to come back because i'm not making enough. i would like to think i'm above this, but hearing "you were great, but we went with someone with more experience" with every interview is beyond demoralizing.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 6 years
For some people, I can see this being a great idea! I have references for my professional aspirations, but right now I'm looking for retail and administrative jobs and I feel really bad giving out their names since they would likely not care at all about the job.
darkangeldaria darkangeldaria 6 years
While it is a devilishly clever idea, as someone looking for a new job now I would be beyond pissed to know that someone got the job over me to do a glorious fake reference. I worked hard to earn my good references dangit!
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 6 years
This is terribly clever....but SO wrong!
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