Should I put my fudged resume on LinkedIn?
I got laid off last week after months of speculation. My former company is having hard times because of the pandemic. I’ve been looking for months, so I could beat them to laying me off. Sadly I haven’t had any response to any of the jobs I applied to since April. I live in Southern California, and the job market here sucks because of the pandemic.
I am not on LinkedIn because I don’t like having my name out there (my name is very uncommon), and because I’ve had to lie on my resume to get my past job. My real job history looks like Swiss cheese. I have so many contract assignments that only lasted about six months each, and several gaps. The Great Recession hit me really hard.
I couldn’t get a job because so many potential employers didn’t like how none of my contract assignments never went fulltime, and all of the gaps in my resume. So I made my resume linear by removing all of the gaps, and changing my job titles, and what I did at each job. Then I was able to get my last job. I never posted my resume on LinkedIn, because it’s one thing to lie on my resume and hand it to a few people. Verses putting it out there on the public internet.
Am I just being too paranoid about my fudged resume on LinkedIn?