I was offered a job that requires a high school/GED for the job. I put on my
application that I went to high school and graduated. I have A.A.S in computer
science and a GED. I was told that the GED is equivalent to a high-school
diploma so I listed it that way. They want to see a high-school diploma. I
also got the date wrong of it by a year. I thought it was ’87 but it was ’88. I
don’t want them to think I lied on the application. What should I do?
The Career Doctor responds:
I recommend making a copy of your GED certificate — along with your
AAS degree — and submitting it to the employer. In a cover letter make
note that you consider as do many the GED equivalent to a high school diploma and that you mistakingly listed the wrong date on the application.
Don’t dwell on it. Make it matter-of-fact.
Also in the letter you should again summarize/highlight the key characteristics
that make you an ideal candidate for the job.
If the employer balks you did not want to work there anyway. I still can’t figure
out why they even want to see a copy of the diploma — especially from so long
Footnote: Coincidentally an article appeared today on ERE.net that notes that requiring a high-school diploma may be discriminatory.