*As told to Kally by someone who wishes to be anonymous
Every single moment I lived in fear. I hate it whenever I received an email from HR and I wouldn’t open it until days later. What do I have to fear so much? I lied in my application to get this job.
It came as a coincidence that one of my friends recommended me to his company to join a newly vacant position as a line supervisor. I wasn’t happy at my old company as there weren’t many opportunities for growth. The last straw was when my company started withholding everyone’s bonus because business ain’t looking good. My good friend knowing this asked me to try for an interview in his company. I was pretty reluctant because I don’t like change and I don’t adapt well to changes. But I was persuaded to have a chat with his boss and I did, over one luncheon at a cafe near his company.
Immediately, after the luncheon, I was offered a position of line supervisor. It is a dream job with the kind of money that will benefit my family greatly. The pay is, in fact, doubled what I was getting. Happily, I agree with the position and tender my resignation at the old office. On the day that I reported to work, Jenny from HR called me into her office and asked me to fill up the routine application form. As I was filling it up, she casually mentioned that the way I was interviewed wasn’t the usual practice hence she still has to do my background check whilst I’m working in the company. I didn’t think much of her ramblings until she suddenly asked what university I graduated from. I started to break in sweat, I didn’t realize that this job requires a degree! I couldn’t go back to my old job now if this company doesn’t want me!
By some grace, she was called away by another colleague of hers to attend to some emergency and the question was forgotten. I quickly filled up the application form with my ‘fake’ university education and submit to her.
I asked my friend, the one who recommended the job to me. He wasn’t aware of my education background, after all how many of your friends are? Most will just assume you have a degree or something especially if they didn’t go to school with you or wasn’t part of your early years. My family did not have the money to send me to university and I did not have the brains to score enough for a scholarship. I applied for financial assistance but even after the subsidies, the fees are still too high for me to cover with working two jobs. So I gave up and enter the workforce early.
“Heck, I bet even the janitor in our company has a degree.” Came the reply from my friend.
I’ve been working with the company for almost a year now. I love my job and I’m in charge of a team of 24 young and bright graduates. My results are extremely good and my colleagues love me. What more can I ask for in a job? Just last month, my boss promised me a promotion down in 2 years time if I continue to produce the same results. I am ecstatic but I am also dreading the day they call my bluff.
I don’t know why the HR did not find anything amiss when they did the background check on me. In fact, nobody requested that I submit copies of my education certificates. Maybe I’m plain lucky. Maybe I’m missed out by HR.
I’m so stressed that one day I’ll be asked to leave or worse, sued by my company to pay back all the previous paid salary. I’m not sure I have the financial means to do that.
I can only hope that day will never come….
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