I fudged my resume to indicate that I earned a degree. In fact, I did not earn the degree. I only attended for two years and dropped out. It was mostly because I was in a program that was not a match. Since then, I discovered my true calling (coding) and have earned two certifications – but no degree. Here’s the deal. I have that resume all over the internet and got a call for a great job interview. I think they have that odd resume with the false degree info!! What should I do?
You only have one option here…you must tell the truth. Accept the interview invitation. Send the employer an email confirming your interest in the company. In that message state that the original resume may not be accurate, so you are attaching this current and accurate resume. When you meet in person for the interview, bring a copy of the new resume, just to be sure they have it. If asked about the old resume, simply say that you were following poor advice and miscommunicated your education.
On the bright side, it is good that you are rectifying the situation now and not after you receive an offer or start the job. It would be seen as deceptive and may cost you the job later in the selection process. Handling it now may be awkward, but it may not be the end of your candidacy.
All the best,
Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.