Amazon Background check coming up. Have inconsistencies in my resume.

New korls85
Jul 29 31 Comments

Hi I need advice on how to navigate this issue. I have recently gotten a job offer for CSE role at aws (I would be relocating to a different country for the role). I have 5 job experiences listed on my resume. However I have 2 half truths on the earliest experiences at the beginning of my career. To be honest it has been this way for a longtime had not paid attention to it. And totally unnecessary.

1. I was recruited by an outsourcing firm XXXX to work for a large firm YYYY as an outsourced staff. My payslips and contract letter are from YYYY. On my resume it is listed that I worked for XXXX for the duration. The evidence I have showing my affiliation to XXXX are training certificates signed by the global HR for XXXX. The background check company requires contract letter or payslips as evidence.

2. I have volunteer experience on a project with another large company ZZZZ in my home country listed as ZZZZ(contract) on my resume. I only have a contactable reference (the project lead for ZZZZ at the time) as evidence.

All other information is accurate without any exaggerations.

How do I navigate this issue. I am already at the point of processing my visa.
Is my offer toast?
Any possibility of salvaging the situation?
I have not been sent the link for work experience verification yet. Over sight from the recruiter i suspect but its coming soon i am sure.

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TOP 31 Comments
  • Credit Karma SrfrBoi69
    This is remind of Russian fable of lie spider does spin webs for flies but is trapping himself only!
    Jul 29 3
    • Micro Focus iotbw
      In Soviet Russia web trap spider
      Jul 29
    • Amazon kali maa
      Is this fable about the Soviet Union?
      Jul 30
    • Credit Karma SrfrBoi69
      Fable is of glorious Mother to Slavic and Rus Peoples of continues to USSR of Lenin.
      Jul 30
  • Amazon kox87
    Amazon background check only do criminal history check. They don’t even verify employer history
    Jul 29 2
    • Amazon fahrenheit
      This is false. I don't know about positions in the US, but Accurate Background does verify employment history for other countries.
      Jul 29
    • Amazon kox87
      I’m talking about positions in US
      Jul 29
  • New korls85
    OP
    Hi guys thanks for the responses so far.

    I am sorry I made an error in the initial post.

    1. I was recruited by an outsourcing firm XXXX to work for a large firm YYYY as an outsourced staff. My payslips and contract letter are from XXXX. On my resume it is listed that I worked for YYYY for the duration. The evidence I have showing my affiliation to YYYY are training certificates signed by the global HR for YYYY. The background check company requires contract letter or payslips as evidence.
    Jul 30 4
    • Amazon &p
      Well you clearly lied. Your best bet now is to fill out the background check employment history form with the truth and hope no one noticed it's different from the resume.

      If you lied in the background check form as well as on the old resume then it's not really an old mistake, it's recent dishonesty.

      I think you might have issues in that case. Your best bet is to clarify it all honesty and let them check the truth.
      Jul 30
    • Amazon fahrenheit
      I still would not say you necessarily lied. Your formal employer didn't match the company that you were doing work for. As long as you didn't state in your CV that YYYY was actually your employer, you should be fine.
      Jul 30
    • New korls85
      OP
      @fahrenheit
      Thanks for your response. Would you suggest I contact my recruiter or just make the adjustments when filling the employment verification forms with Accurate Background.
      Jul 30
    • Amazon fahrenheit
      Why not both? I don't think you have much to lose given you already got an offer. Past employment isn't really relevant for the hiring decision (although it does affect how you get to that point)
      Jul 30
  • New QWyx65
    Lmao, you're not the first one to have an issue like this.

    Background check companies are assholes. No way around it. End result is they gather as much as they can and report it to your employment.

    Your employment is the one who cares, not them.

    Let your employer know "I am having a hard time getting this information" they will most likely understand and you will be hired regardless.

    In other words. Nobody is worried about this except you and some guy named Oleg at the BG company who wants to ask for things you can't provide.
    Jul 29 2
    • Reliable Software (. .)
      Who is this oleg that you so highly speak of?
      Jul 29
    • New QWyx65
      Hypothetical guy running the background check show in Haiti with a bag of Cheetos Puffs
      Jul 29
  • New ube
    Just hack the verification system, don’t they teach you that on LC
    Jul 29 1
    • New korls85
      OP
      That's not an option for me unfortunately
      Jul 30
  • New qworp
    Okay, the first one isn’t bad actually.
    It would’ve looked a hell of a lot worse if you said on your resume that you worked for YYYY (FAANG) but you were just a contractor and you got hired and paid by XXXX.

    It’s not a disqualifier and I don’t think you’re toast, but you may want to get ahead of it by letting your recruiter know of what’s going on. You’re telling the truth, it’s just that it’s a bit of a roundabout situation with the actual proof. Tell your recruiter you have all the evidence you suggested. You didn’t lie, and I’m sure this situation happens more than you know especially at big companies like Amazon.

    Considering you haven’t been sent the link yet, you have time to collect opinions here on Blind. But you’re not out of the game yet, I think.
    Jul 29 1
    • New korls85
      OP
      Hi @qworp.

      I am sorry I made an error in the initial post. This is the situation

      1. I was recruited by an outsourcing firm XXXX to work for a large firm YYYY as an outsourced staff. My payslips and contract letter are from XXXX. On my resume it is listed that I worked for YYYY for the duration. The evidence I have showing my affiliation to YYYY are training certificates signed by the global HR for YYYY (I was trained by and all work I did was for YYYY). The background check company requires contract letter or payslips as evidence.
      Jul 30
  • Manulife Financial fkLeetcode
    it's probably fine - you're overthinking it. just tell them exactly what you have. you didn't lie - you just don't have all the right paperwork to back it up. volunteer experience I wouldn't worry about it and working as a contractor is pretty normal.
    Jul 29 0
  • Microsoft jmb1911
    Yeah this is a non-issue. Just be honest with everyone. Their job is to gather all data and report it to the company. Likely company does not care if documentation is missing for some years old position of minimal value. If they find you scamming the system or making fake documents you’ll certainly lose the job though.
    Jul 31 0
  • Amazon TC100kYoE0
    I can't imagine they'll care about either of these things at all.
    Jul 29 0
  • Amazon fahrenheit
    I would advise you to be proactive in contacting former managers and HR people from your previous jobs to get employment confirmation letters on company letterhead. They will ask for this. They'll sound all scary and menacing about needing to verify your employment for X years of experience and you'll need to cover that time with letters or payslips. Send a bunch of e-mails out ASAP.
    Jul 29 0
  • New gxGw32
    It sounds like you have all the evidence you need, just add an explanatory note where necessary 😊
    Jul 29 0
  • Bloomberg TCaaS
    Doesn’t sound like a huge discrepancy to me.
    Jul 29 0
  • Adobe someblind
    Don't do anything till it comes up. The background company may or may not flag the inconsistency. If they flag it, they give you a few days to put in your explanation etc, so deal with it then.
    Jul 30 2
    • Amazon fahrenheit
      This is such bad advice. Be proactive and try to get the letters they probably will ask for. I did two background checks with Accurate Background for two different countries with Amazon and they both requested employment confirmation letters for all entries in my CV from the last 3 years.
      Jul 30
    • New korls85
      OP
      @fahrenheit Thanks for you advice. Yes Accurate Background is handling mine too in some of the documents I received it stated background checks would be carried out over the last 10 years or last 3 employers. Not sure which they go with. I do not have an discrepancy with my last 3 employers.
      Jul 30
  • Microsoft bloodbath
    Dont worry. Amazon background check is a joke. Its simple and just checks for credit history and criminal databases.
    Aug 2 1
    • Amazon fahrenheit
      This is false. They check your employment history.
      Aug 3
  • Amazon productive
    Geez, chiiiiiilll, you will be fine.
    Aug 1 0