My employment history is going to be “screened” – will my exagerrated employment dates count against me?

Question by PenisMan: My employment history is going to be “screened” – will my exagerrated employment dates count against me?
Hello. A job for which I have applied requires me to be screened. Part of this screening process will undoubtedly be concerned with my employment history.

The problem is, I couldn’t remember the start and end dates for 2 of my 3 past jobs, so I just made them up. What’s more, I *kind of* erred on the side of making me look good, adding perhaps as much as 6 months to either side of my employment periods.

All my jobs so far have been on a part-time, casual basis – meaning that I had no definite hours or wages, or even end-dates. And I have been at university for 4 of the past 5 years. And my past employment has absolutely no relevance to the job for which I’m applying.

With these things in mind, do you think that my errant employment dates will count against me? Should I tell them in the interview that I just guessed the dates? And that I *may* have exaggerated a little bit?

Best answer:

Answer by suzie_lea_2007
What type of job is it. the screening may be to see if you have a police record if you’re working in an industry like child, aged or disability care.

Ask them exactly what they will be screening

If they do need to investigate you’re previous job history I’d tell them that you guessed and may have exaggerated them if you think you may have added as much as 6 months. Another idea is get in touch with the companies that you’ve worked for and ask them for your start and end dates and put these on an updated resume. Even if you were doing part time/ casual work the company should have a record of when you started and when you left the company.

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