I fudged the end date of my last job by six weeks. What now?
September 30, 2011 12:00 PM Subscribe
On my resume, I fudged the end date for my last job by six weeks, to cover up a bad situation where I was not at fault. A new company has given me an offer, checked my references, and sent me all the new hire paperwork. I'm supposed to start in two weeks. Only problem? I had to consent to a background check. Now I'm concerned that my lie will be uncovered. What do I do?
posted by Sloop John B to Work & Money (20 answers total)
I worked at Widgets, Inc for two years. I left that job to work for Foobar, LLC. Upon starting at Foobar, LLC., I quickly learned that I had been lied to about the job description. Furthermore, my manager was verbally abusive and berated me a number of times when I had done nothing wrong. The situation was unbearable, and so I quit without giving notice. I worked there for a total of 5 weeks.
According to my resume, I am still working at Widgets, Inc., when in reality, I quit working there about 6 weeks ago. My new prospective employer uses a background checking service that promises to "contact former empoloyers to verify work history and reasons for leaving". According to the offer letter, the offer is contingent upon successfully completing the background check. However, they asked that I turn in the background check consent form (along with the other new hire paperwork) on my first day of work. So if they found out about my lie, it would be some time after I started work.
A) What's the likelihood someone will notice that I fudged my end date at Widgets, Inc. by 6 weeks?
B) If they do notice, what will happen?
C) Why in the world didn't they do the background check BEFORE they offered me the job?
D) Is there any way they can find out about my time at Foobar, LLC? None of my employment history shows up on my credit reports (I pulled all three last night).
E) And finally, what the heck do I do? Make up some excuse as to why I can't take the job? Or start work in two weeks and hope they don't uncover my lie? And what if I take the job and they do uncover the lie? What do I to then?
Some more details :
* I left Widgets, Inc. on good terms, and I'm pretty sure my former manager would be a positive reference If I were to ask him. However, Widgets, Inc. has a phone line for employee verification, and I believe all they tell you is start and end dates.
* I found the new job through a 3rd party recruiter, who I imagine is probably paid a hefty commission.
* I have near-perfect credit, and no criminal history.