Technical recruiters search the web for candidates from sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn. When the resume of a prospective candidate catches their eye, they add it to their database and try to contact him for IT jobs. If an IT recruiter found out a contractor’s resume was falsified and skills were exaggerated, would he give the IT professional a second chance? The answer is typically no, but some IT recruiters may be more understanding. If you are lucky enough to find these rare recruiters, here is how to make penance…
Admit Your Fault
Covering a lie with another lie is a slippery slope that should be avoided at all costs. Come clean to your technical recruiter by admitting your faults and taking responsibilities for your actions and its outcome. Explain why you lied and the truth. It might be difficult to admit you were wrong, but IT recruiting companies will respect you for owning up to your mistake.
Take the Next Step
Apologize to the IT staffing agency and all parties involved. If your recruiter is still willing to work with you, send over a corrected resume with the accurate dates of employment and your skills. When you apply for other positions in the future, explain your gaps of employment or your level of skill so technical recruiting companies and hiring managers are not mislead.
Don’ts of Lying
Never justify deceit with dishonesty because you will lose track of your deception and truths. Also, never blame others for your lies. Only you can control your actions and by blaming another party you are showing IT staffing companies that you have no responsibility.
Remember that you can always prevent the effects of a lie by starting with the truth!