HR Issues in the News

HR Issues in the News

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This paper will discuss one issue in the news on one current, significant HR issue in the Canadian news. The paper will, hence, summarize some of the main points in the issue and connect this issue with some essential concepts learned in class about human resource. Additionally, the article will indicate what major functions in human resource the article addresses and the individuals affected by this article.

The article in question appeared on the 27th of September 2011 in the Canadian HR Reporter and the main issue addressed in this article was the validity of resumes and CVs handed over to potential employers. The articles argued that some 47 percent of potential employers indicated that job seekers often include information that is dishonest in their resumes. The article even indicated that a number of workers agreed that most workers used untrue information to secure employment. The survey from which the article took its information indicated that most workers lie about their education, job duties, and employment dates.

In the survey the employers indicated that about 12 percent of worker often put untrue information in their job applications. As a result, of this employers cannot take anything they read on resumes at face value. The article argues that employers have to conduct intense interviews that probe for specifics about these elements in the resume. The article gives a number of solutions that employers can use to determine whether potential employees are unreliable. For example, it indicates that the employer should watch for ambiguity during interviews, ask specific questions, get or ask for facts, and use of referees.

The major function in human resource of this article is to sensitize the human resource departments to look out for dishonesty during interviews because a significant number of candidates lie about their qualifications. Another function is to warn potential employees of the fact that most human resource departments have come to realize that some of them lie, therefore, they should only include information that is true. The article is related to the subject matter in that it talks about an extremely essential element in human resource, which is hiring of new employees. It is essential in that it shows us, as human resource students, the best ways to conduct interviews and extract the exact and valid information from a candidate that will help determine their suitability in the job.

The article affects both the human resource departments and potential employees. Employees get to know that it is essential to include only the information that is true in their CVs and human resource departments get to know ways of gauging the truthfulness of a resume. These two importances of the article are also the reasons why the article is essential and interesting to HR students and professionals. An essential question regarding this article is; is it possible for HR professionals to completely determine which information is true and which is not?


Office Team. (2011, 27 Sep). Almost one- half of workers know someone who lied on resume. Canadian HR Reporter. Retrieved from

Response to Peer Postings

The first response is going to be to the question posted by John Ferri on the issue of Americans heading to Canada for job opportunities. The author asks whether the government of Canada should protect its workers from the American workers. My response is yes. The government should pose some restrictions on who accesses work in Canada. This is because the increase in American workers in Canada is causing detrimental effects in the country. For example, joblessness among the Canadian workers is increasing. This can lead to other challenges on the economy. It is for this reason why I think the Canadian government should regulate its job market. However, I do hope that these regulations will not completely lock visa workers from the Canadian job markets because they also play a significant role by increasing the competitiveness and thus productivity in the country.

The other response is going to be on the question posed by Mary Dumon who wants to know how an individual with an MBA would convince an employer that they are best for the job when compared to undergraduates with a related certificate. I would convince them that I have more educational qualifications, and experience than the undergraduate because of the fact that I have completed several studies and researches as my thesis. Coming up with a thesis can be helpful for me and for the company in that it increases my knowledge of the job market and trends that can be useful for the company.