Honesty and integrity – two major attributes that a candidate and a search consultant must have to begin working together. It’s an unspoken bond that is formed during the search process. Right? That’s just the way it works. Trust means your word and that’s everything. It’s who you are and represents the very fabric of your being. Integrity means doing the right thing every time regardless of the consequences. Seems fair? Right?
Well – maybe not.
I see more lies and fabrications when vetting candidates than I care to admit. Omissions or “holes” in the resume are often (by design) hiding factual knowledge a candidate wants to keep as their own little dirty secret, such as a job they once had that they would just like to forget about. Sorry. You can’t. That’s not the way it works. Nope. Not now – not ever! Period.
It makes no difference what you are trying to hide. If you falsify your resume and omit factual data about your career, sooner or later it will catch up with you. Let’s face it. That’s lying and you WILL get caught. Especially in Healthcare IT. While Healthcare IT is still a cottage industry by some standards, 2-3 degrees of separation is usually more than enough to find someone who knows someone – who knows you. And eventually someone will connect the dots. And when they do, it will be ugly. Count on it.
So if you plan to participate in the HCIT talent tsunami that will surely hit the market in high tide during the next few months you need to have a clean slate. You want to stay gainfully employed, and when you find yourself in a search and you are not sure how to declare all of the facts regarding your resume, put all of your cards on the table. And I do mean all of your cards. If you choose otherwise, eventually you will get caught and could risk possible termination, not to mention tarnishing your name in this very small industry. This could create a whole different set of really bad circumstances. Trust me, you don’t want to go there.
We’ve all made mistakes, worked for an awful organization or a toxic manager. I get that. However, you should tell it like it is, and avoid the cover-up. Usually, you can explain a bad move in your resume. Some of the best candidates I have ever placed have a mulligan somewhere in their career. It’s OK. Just don’t lie about it.
If you do – I will catch you. I promise. And if I don’t someone else will.
It’s just not worth it.