For years Indians have struggled. They have the experience, but how to translate it in a way that will get them the precious H-1B visa to America’s golden shores?
After a few years witnessing the continual buildup of fake resumes, we seem to have finally cracked the armor and have had several candidates who have presented their fake resumes fess up. We take the direct approach – “We know your resume is fake because it has all the earmarks of the typical fake resumes we receive daily. If you want help finding work, please send us your real resume and we will help you.” This direct approach works more times than not. It results in both an admission that the resume is fake and the submittal of the candidate’s real resume. We also ask why, why are you using the fake resume? The response is universally the same. These people do not believe that they can find work in the US relying solely on their actual experience. They feel they have to inflate it to a great degree just to get noticed. They also tell us that the company they work for, typically a third party/pass through consulting agency, wrote the resume for them. –Steve Fleischner
Yes the fakes have gotten worse. One resume from a curry chef in Hydrabad had spelled “Microsoft” “MerkroSoft”. Another insisted he had over 30 years experience “Percolating Java”. Finally one tailor in Bombay submitted a resume for his H-1b stating “Inventor of Unix and the World Wide Web”
Yes, with the entire third world desperate to get free citizenship in the USA using the H-1B visa, most do not write their own resumes. The placement agencies have full time writers, leading to a new job profession in the slums of India – professional resume writer.
“If I can make three different kinds of curry, how many years of C sharp experience does that translate to?” asked one befuddled old man. Many other candidates for the visa were struggling with terms in the job placement ads “They want a candidate who knows ORM and Agile. I do yoga so I’m pretty agile, but they don’t say if they want Ashtonga or virdayana? How do I answer this!” screamed Vetanaya Gamesh.
In the end it’s a win win. America gets the labor they need and India gets rid of its untouchable caste. Each nation reaps the rewards of business process off-shoring. And maybe America will find a few new good cooks as well. “Yes, dis is de new way” screamed Vitriki Murthy. “I was a call center operator, but with my new resume, I have fifty years experience in embedded systems. Let me tell you once you’ve been embedded in a smelly call center 16 hours a day, you are ready for a new Career America”