Background check worries

I recently got an offer (and accepted) for a spring week, however I realise now that I may not have been entirely truthful on my CV. 

I did not do this intentionally, but here is the issue: Im an international student, got a gig as a student ambassador at uni. However I couldn't be at uni during the start, so I wasn't to be employed until I reached uni. I had plans to arrive in November, so a senior of mine advised me to still keep it on my CV, as I would arrive in November and start. In October end, my family got covid and we decided I wouldn't go during term 1. 

Now I realise that the bank will be doing a background check on me, and if it asks my uni about employment I could lose the SW. I'm really worried right now- what should I do? 

Comments (11)

Dec 27, 2020 - 6:58pm

Seems like a simple misunderstanding. If you submitted that CV under the impression you were to begin a position that has now been cancelled due to Covid (or whatever, as long as you weren't fired) it should be fine. It would be a different story if you wrote down anticipating a position you hadn't been offered yet, or wrote about it as if you had started the position already.

Dec 27, 2020 - 7:03pm

Honestly wouldn't sweat it. Again, if you submitted the CV while under the impression you were to begin the position (and the start dates reflect that you were to begin in the future, i.e. you didn't lie and say you had started already) they won't care. Did you talk about it in your interview or anything? Assuming not since you hadn't actually start yet

Dec 27, 2020 - 7:26pm

You're just going to have to find a way to overcome that "moron" fear and tell them. You simply do not want them to find out from other sources. Keep in mind that not only will that make you look bad, they will also just call you one day and rescind the offer, that's it, no appeal, no chance to tell your side. So don't start thinking that "I'll just talk my way out of it when they find out" - they'll simply rescind and cease communication, the opportunity won't be there. 

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Dec 27, 2020 - 7:41pm

Are you sure that they are doing a background check for a spring week? Don't think I had one back when I did my one

Dec 27, 2020 - 7:43pm

I honestly don't know - they haven't sent me any background check form or anything but I got the offer a few days before Christmas so who knows. I'm worried about the chance they do do it.

I get that a spring week is insignificant in the long run but I'm from a non target and it's a huge deal for me right now, hence the worrying

Dec 27, 2020 - 7:45pm

I honestly wouldn't worry about it, and wouldn't bring it up unless asked. If you bring it up, you're just hoisting red flags yourself. It's not even that big of a deal lol.

"Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."

Dec 28, 2020 - 5:23pm

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