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Beware of the “Too Good to be True” Job Seeker Part II

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October 12, 2009


In this tight economy with many, many applicants competing for the same Indianapolis job openings, Indianapolis staffing companies need to be diligent in verifying the information provided by prospective job seekers is accurate. Individuals who present false credentials affect the honest job seekers’ chances of securing opportunities.

In my last blog, I talked about companies who provide fake references for employees. There are also companies, known as diploma mills, who create fake academic degrees. A diploma mill is an organization that creates degrees and diplomas, generally without academic study and without being issued by official educational accrediting bodies. The purchaser can then claim to hold an academic degree. These degrees are often awarded based on creatively constructed life experience.

These “degrees” range in cost and are usually anywhere from $475 for an “Associates Degree” up to $550 for a “Doctorate”. This is not only frustrating to Indianapolis staffing companies but to those job seekers who have worked hard to earn a legitimate degree.


The U.S. Department of Education has published a list of schools that are accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the Secretary of Education. The list can be found at The Department of Education offers plenty of information on how to identify and avoid diploma mills.


There are many companies that offer to make someone more employable from the fake resume, fake degree and even the fake drug screen  which is why it is so important not to take information provided at face value. Do your homework! Not doing so could result in Indianapolis job openings such as Management positions, HR jobs or Accounting Finance jobs in Indianapolis being filled with individuals that, if you knew their true indentity, you would not want performing those functions within your company.