I'll start by saying I have a computer science degree, and my first job I got was with a consulting firm who offered to train me in the relevant technologies (under contract). I signed the 16 month contract which read, after my training I will be marketed to external clients and go through the Hiring Process looking for C2C contracts.

Unbeknown to me until after I signed the contract and talked with other people who were going through the program I would be Marketed with 5 yrs exp when in reality actually was I fresher.

I have made many connections with recruiters along the way (with them thinking I have 5+ yrs exp). Now that my contract is coming to an end, I will be marketing myself and I don't feel right lying on my resume so now my Resume will look a little different with less years experience.

My Question is, with all the Recruiters I've made contact with should I just forget about them? How can I elegantly handle the situation of sending an "updated" resume, with less yrs experience than the one they have on file? What if I do send that resume, and the company I was under contract is essentially outed, could that effect me negatively?

  • Tough problem dealing with recruiters, maybe even tougher if you ever want to work for any of the clients that you consulted for.
    – Myles
    Sep 24, 2014 at 16:40
  • It was only 2 clients, and I could stay where I'm at now when the contract is up but I don't plan on doing that. Sep 24, 2014 at 17:21
  • Depending on your locale, your first company's actions may constitute fraud. An actual lawyer can say for sure, which may limit your (legal) options about how to continue.
    – Telastyn
    Sep 24, 2014 at 17:49
  • @Telastyn I can honestly say for a fact that won't happen. Different state, too many layers in that contract job, and the project was completed without hitch. It wouldn't fall on my shoulders anyway. Sep 24, 2014 at 19:13
  • Does the "years of experience" have a concrete definition in this case, e.g. if you work for company A from beg of 2008 until end of 2012, then that is 5 years experience in a concrete way, but often "years of experience" is stated without definition.
    – Brandin
    Sep 24, 2014 at 22:14

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Just write (tell) the actual facts. If anyone notices the discrepancy and asks, tell him/her the truth as you did here. You did nothing wrong. The only downside here is that you put your former employer in a bad light, so be delicate about that.

As far as they are available to you for editing, replace the incorrect on-line versions. If you have sent a resume to recruiter X, next time you need him, send him an updated version. You have made another career step so the previous ones are out-of-date anyway.

Although nothing really ever disappears from the internet, the old ones will fade away over time.

And after another 5 years no one will know ;-)

  • Thanks for your response Jan, all of those resumes have already been removed from the job board sites, the only ones I am worried about is the one's in Recruiters Databases. I don't think I'm going to have to worry much, its really only 2 people in mind. I actually worked as a temp under this one agency in a previous job for 3 months, and came in contact with them again with my 'new' resume, and they had no idea who I was. Another agency had my old (completely different) and new resume in front of them and brought it up, all I said was this is my most updated resume and they left it at that. Sep 24, 2014 at 19:10

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