I received an email from a former co-worker. She was asking if I could hand her resume to the HR department of the company I recently joined.

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I received an email from a former co-worker. She was asking if I could hand her resume to the HR department of the company I recently joined. She and I didn’t have a very close working relationship but I worked with her on a couple of things at my previous company. She still worked there at the time but she was wanting to leave because she hated her boss. To be honest, I liked her boss, and I learned from another colleague that my former co-worker just didn’t work well with her boss. And she tended to call in sick a lot or would miss work for some random reason of the day.

Before handing her resume to one of the recruiters, I looked it over and found some things that I thought needed to be reviewed like dates and grammar. I’m not the best in grammar but I could easily spot those errors I found on her resume. They were that bad. I emailed her back and gave her suggestions on changes. She replied with “I don’t see why those changes are needed, but ok. Changed. Thanks.” Which I interpreted as “How dare you criticize my resume.” Whatever, girl. I tried to help and it backfired.

Sent the revised resume to the recruiter. The next day the recruiter said he wanted to have a chat with me. During my meeting with him, he said her resume looked strange because the information on it wasn’t consistent with her LinkedIn profile. Well, we all know recruiters do their homework and research. He pulled up her resume and her LinkedIn profile and put them side by side for comparison. Sure enough, the inconsistent chronological order and overlapping dates made it look suspicious. The recruiter told me that he can’t talk to her until she reviews her resume and fix whatever needs to be fixed. He said, “I’m not saying that she’s lying, but…”

I immediately called my former co-worker. Voicemail picked up. Left her a short message, telling her what the recruiter told me, and asked her to call me back.

I didn’t hear from her until the next day. She didn’t call me back but texted me. Her text said, “WTF? What else do I need to do? Did you even try to explain to him that we worked together before?”

We had a back-and-forth argument via text. I told her that I’m doing her a favor by sharing her resume with my company and that I didn’t deserve the treatment and attitude she was giving me. I mean, the nerve!

Long story short, I decided to tell the recruiter to disregard her resume and that she’s not a great fit for the role. The recruiter said that he wasn’t going to pursue her anyway because he had seen enough reasons to disqualify her.

She then kept texting me asking about my conversations with the recruiter, and if I kept at it to get her in. I stopped responding to her harassment.

Then one day she left me a voicemail. She was screaming and calling me names. Oh, I have had enough of it! I emailed her boss (he and I worked on a number of projects in the past and we had a great working relationship). I wrote, “Did you know that [******] is trying to apply for a job at my company? She asked for my help but she’s been very rude to me during the process and left me a very disturbing voicemail. Telling you this just so you know.” Her boss emailed back and said, “Thanks for letting me know. I’ll take care of it.”

A few days later I heard from someone else that my former co-worker got fired. Not sure what the reason was but I’m sure she’s not going to get any more help from me.