I was working at my most recent employer until May 21st 2018 (2 week notice given). Applied for a position at another company(a company I've REALLY been wanting to work for in the past 5 years but had a hard time getting an interview there) about a month before (early April) I left my most recent. I was interviewed for that company on May 11th.
In the interim of all this, I was planning a move from my most recent employer to a consulting company. Turns out, it's not a great fit for me. The reasons are neither here nor there.
Even though I was planning on joining the consulting company when I left my most recent employer in May 21st, I kept the interview with the other company because I wanted to keep my options open in case the consulting gig didn't work out and honestly because I really want to work for this other company. And I also kept it because I know from experience that this sector moves very slowly. Recall the fact that I applied in early April and I was offered the position on June 11th. So 60 days.
I just filled out the background check release authorization forms online and during this, there was an option to select "okay to contact most recent employer for verification purposes" or something.
The problem is, my most recent employer is obviously not what is on my resume right now. But I obviously was still employed AT that employer when I applied/interviewed. So let's say they call the most recent employer on my resume which is listed as "May 2017 - Current" and they say "oh he left on May 21st". What is my play here? Cause obviously I'm in a new position that I probably won't even be in for 4 weeks. Do I just be honest and describe the situation?
"Well, I was employed at company XYZ when I applied for the position and interviewed but left them shortly after to explore something new, so my resume at the time of application submission was current and relevant. I am currently employed by a consulting firm that I have no obligations to and was planning on leaving to accept this position."
How much honesty is necessary? Is it even worth talking about my current role (I'm thinking about the "rule" where you don't even put a company on your resume if you were there for only 2-4 weeks)? Would it just be better to say I left in anticipation of this new job because the commute was killing me?