I have been working at a new job for a couple days now but I got an email about a blip in my screening. they are asking for proof I worked a certain time at my old job. I wrote on my resume that I worked there for 1 year instead of the 6 months I actually did so now I'm scared I'm going to get fired. Is there any possibility this won't end in termination? I've decided to come clean to my boss but I'm not sure how, like what should I say, if I should send an email about it. Aso, a third party entity is conducting the background check, what do I tell them? Disclaimer I'm already aware lying on a resume is really stupid and I regret it so much.
Is there any possibility this won't end in termination?
All you can do is tell the truth to all parties involved ( your boss and the third party if you are in communication with them ) and hope for the best. If the fact that you lied and are missing 6 months of experience isn't that important to the company then you may be able to retain your job, but I would not count on it.
You should work on correcting your resume and making sure it is as accurate as possible and start looking for a new place to work. Even if you remain at your current company, you already have a very bad incident on your record, which may hurt you down the road with this company.
The main problem to address here is that you lied intentionally. The 6 months are probably not a big deal, but lying is.
So you need to come clean and fess up. You need to write down and review and practice what you are going to say. This needs to be a good story and delivered well.
A big part of this story needs to be explaining why you did lie in the first place and why your employer can be sure that you will never ever lie again. If you can address these two points well, you may still have a shot at keeping the job. If not, your chances are rather slim