Lying In Wait For A Job?

Well, have you?  Have you ever lied to get a job, whether on the application or in the interview?  Maybe you fudge dates to make it seem like you worked longer at a particular place — for more experience.  Or maybe you said you had skills using a required software, but you only know it by name, and never actually hit “enter”.  Or maybe you wrote in “laid off” when  you were actually fired.  Hey, I’m not here to judge.  We may all have all told a little white lie when faced with getting a new job we needed.

Have I ever lied?  Hell, yeah! Now, I don’t condone it or advise ever lying for a job, because if ever tested and you can’t prove your knowledge of it — it ain’t pretty — but I’m not exempt from doing so.  I’m human, dammit! But my lie — not that it makes this any better — worked in my favor.  I was in between jobs, which is always hard to land a job, because for some reason, employers like it when you’re already employed.  (And the irony that bothers me about that is:  their employees are doing it to them as well, job hunting in secret taking mornings off for a “doctor’s appointment “). And I said I was still currently working with my old employer but really wasn’t.  How did this work?  Well, I said my old employer had actually moved to another location and the phones for the new place weren’t up, so they couldn’t be contacted for verification  Part of that was true.  They did move.  But the phones were fine.  And my new employer bought it — or so it seems, because I later got the job.  Now, that lie may seem small in retrospect and I’m not proud of it, regardless of its magnitude, but had it something much bigger, like — oh, I don’t know — do I know CSS and HTML and web design and they asked me to prove it — I would be screwed.  And think about it, how do you tell a prospect employer, “sorry, I actually don’t know how to do that/ perform that task” with hopes of getting the job?  Seriously, think about it.  Would you hire that person if you were the employer?  You might say yes thinking of yourself, but if that person was costing you money because they lied, how would you feel then?  That’s what an employer thinks when it’s revealed you lied. You just cost them money and now they have to spend money to find someone to replace you(and of course, fire you!)

Is that lie really worth it now?



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