What is the difference between an employment application and a resume?
The main difference employers should be concerned about is an employment application used during the hiring process is a legal document while a resume is not.
An employment application is a legal document for your organization to:
- Authorize reference and background checks.
- Ensure the applicant understands your organization is an equal employment opportunity employer.
- Make certain they understand their employment is at will.
- Have them attest that the information that they are providing is accurate and truthful.
Employment applications should have a section communicating to the candidate that misrepresentation or omission of facts may result in rejection of their application for the position, or if hired, discipline up to termination. A resume is not a legal document, therefore, putting your organization at a significant disadvantage if you discover false information by the employee.
Additional benefits to implementing an employment application:
- To collect consistent information in a uniform format.
- Each candidate is considered for the position based on the same information.
- The employer can compare credentials without regard to formatting, presentation, and exaggeration.
Bizhaven can review your employment application to ensure it complies with state employment laws.