Last week, someone who was already in our ATS (Applicant Tracking System) sent me a resume. ATSs are used by recruiters and employers alike to track resumes received and actions taken with candidates.
I looked at the resume and, having a perfunctory sense of the background, my eyes noticed something the dates were changed and a few months added to the employment last year.
At that moment, I debated about whether to hit the delete key.
Why? Because if they insisted upon perpetuating the lie I would have to confront them and no one likes a recruiter doing that, right? We’re all so, “pushy” and concerned about “making a buck.”
So, I decided to call the person and, while qualifying them, ask them about it.
After a brief denial, I asked, “How do you think your resume from one job ago got into our system with these dates unless they were on your resume?”
Silence and then the admission.
Look, I took the time because we all make mistakes but employers are rarely so kind as to tolerate being lied to.
If you have ever sent a resume to a company or a recruiter, it is probably in an applicant tracking system where a lie will be caught and your ability to work for that company is destroyed.
DON’T DO IT!
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