Earlier this week, I used LinkedIn to research people in my network and learned that a former employee is out and out lying about their background working for me and the employer. It makes me sick to think that this individual who I’ve always thought of very highly of is seriously misrepresenting their background.
I’m not going to disclose who this person is, but, given this person’s background and credentials, I’m astounded that this individual would do this. It is completely unnecessary.
The dates of employment have been seriously altered as have the titles and roles this person played. The person was hired via a recruiter whose role was to do a thorough background check and resume verification. I now wonder if I got what the company paid for?
When I discovered the lies, I didn’t want to share this with my wife or anyone for that matter. I’m embarrassed for this person. I had always thought highly of this seemingly meticulous person. This person was effective in the role I asked them to play.
I wondered why this person had never used me as a reference when seeking other positions. I now know why–I would be unable to vouch for the background this person is offering to potential employers.
I’m sick about this. This is one of the last people I would suspect of doing such a thing. A person I held in high regard is greatly diminished in my eyes now.
Some day, this will catch up with this person. When you live a lie, it eventually all catches up with you.
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com