How bad is lying on the resume?

So I got fucked over by two companies in a row before this job that I've been at for a year. Obviously this doesn't look good on the ol' resume. One was a toxic af startup, the other lied about the day-to-day of the job. It's not really my fault in both the positions.


There was a 3-5 month gap between the jobs. How much am I stretching the truth if I make it look like I was employed at those locations during my little break? Like is this something that will for sure be uncovered in the hiring process or can I wing this?



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poweredbycaffeine
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Why even lie about something so simple to explain in an interview?

Gaps arenโ€™t uncommon today with all the recent layoffs.
DownToFollowUp
Good Citizen
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Business Development
This is reassuring thank you
oldcloser
Arsonist
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Yep- feels like itโ€™s just you. Promise you it ainโ€™t.
Sunbunny31
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Sr Sales Executive ๐Ÿฐ
Truth. Just read the forums here. Itโ€™s tough out there.
pirate
Big Shot
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You can't wing employment start and end dates
Filth
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Live Filthy or Die Clean
Agreed - one of the few things they can check and call you out on.
Kosta_Konfucius
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Sales Rep
So some background checks/reference checks, they confirm your start and end dates of employment.


Instead of doing Month/Year- Month/Year, can you just but the year you worked there? Or would you say based on the time you were there, it looks bad?


I think if it's within 2 months, you can have the most recent role say start date- present, but I will let them know you no longer work there
Pachacuti
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
I see plenty of lies by previous coworkers on LI, so thereโ€™s that.

If youโ€™re going to lie on your resume make sure youโ€™re consistent about it moving forward.
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Retired Sales Professional
Why lie? Just tell them you were looking for work. If they don't hire you for that reason, then why would you want to worked for a company like that.
Remember that companies need employees, it's not the other way around. To many times I have gotten the sense that it's the employee who needs the company. If you have the skill set and the company doesn't notice it move on the next. Just my opinion.
Fenderbaum
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Retired Choirboy๐Ÿช•
Lies lead to more lies, which means eventually the truth comes out. It's easier to keep things in check if you're honest in life.
Titanic
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Senior VP - Sales
100% agree.
FinanceEngineer
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Sr Director, sales and partnerships
Depends on who you are applying to. If there is going to be an external background check, they will catch and flag it. If not, you can stretch it out.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Be transparent and put a positive spin on it.
Quad
Executive
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SDR
You should feel comfortable with the gap. No need to lie about it.
HVACexpert
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sales engineer
Why do it at all?
GDO
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BDM
Why lie?
Diablo
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Sr. AE
I am against lying :)Explain well for the other person to understand well. All the best !
Beans
Big Shot
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Enterprise Account Executive
Don't bring it up if you don't have to.
lieselfuel
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Regional Vice President
I donโ€™t think a gap thatโ€™s explainable warrants a lie.
I would also adjust your language for the โ€œtoxicโ€
Start-Up in the interviews obviously
DownToFollowUp
Good Citizen
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Business Development
Oh for sure, I'm being more candid on here
K.GoldSales
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Account Executive
Keep it honest. Theyโ€™ll find out. Gaps arenโ€™t that uncommon. Lots of moves are common with startups too.
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Director of Enterprise, Senior Advisor
I work for a background screening company - just be honest. Most employers verify dates and reason for leaving. Integrity and honesty go a long way
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29% Must make a damn nice bed if his girlfriend thought he washed those sheets
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