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Alison Doyle

Get Your Employment Dates Straight

By February 7, 2014

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null I spoke to a job seeker recently who almost had a job offer for his dream job. Almost is the operative word.

It was almost, because when the time came for a background check the dates he had put on his resume and his job application didn't quite match the information his previous employers reported when his employment history and references were checked.

The company rescinded the job offer and it was back to square one and starting a job search all over again.

Even if you submit a resume and cover letter, you still may be asked to complete a job application. Employers might also check your LinkedIn Profile. You may be asked for references when you apply for a job, rather than later in the hiring process.

That's why it's important to get your employment dates straight before you even apply for a job. The easiest way to do it is to make a resume outline. Double-check that your dates of employment are accurate, then use that information for your resume, your job applications and your LinkedIn Profile.

Check one more time to make sure that everything matches and the dates are consistent on all your paper and online employment information.

Here's where your dates need to match:

When you have a lengthy work history or haven't worked in a while it can be hard to remember when you worked where. Here's how to check your employment history so you can give the correct information to prospective employers.

Read More: Job Applications | References | Can Employers Check Your Employment History?

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August 15, 2012 at 11:48 am
(1) Sabrina says:

This happened to me! Except they asked for clarification on the discrepancies (yep there was several) and I was able to explain they changes. One was simple, payroll started on a Sunday so that must have been the day they started me even though I started the following day. One was for a school I attended. I know full well I started a few weeks after high school ended and they reported me as starting a full year later. I know there’s no way my dad let me sit around for a year doing nothing. There was also differences of titles where the employer reported a title I had never even heard of. Luckily though in my case I was able to give reasons for the issues and I still got the job.

August 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm
(2) Hope says:

this is tricky,
I had a company that I was a freelancer with for almost 3 years, then a full time employee, then a freelancer…ALL same company and same job (just about)

I know that you can talk this one through with the person hiring but suppose they dont ask
How do you handle that …
Separate those dates on the resume? it seems foolish


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