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Employment History

How to Find Your Employment History

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Request for Social Security Earnings Information form
It can be hard, especially if you have had a lot of jobs, to keep track of your personal employment history. However, when you are applying for jobs many companies want an accurate record of where and when you worked, especially when they are conducting employment background checks.

What can you do when you don't remember your exact dates of employment? Here's how you can compile your personal employment history when you're missing all the details.

Employment History from Social Security
You can receive a statement of your employment history from Social Security by completing a Request for Social Security Earnings Information form. You will receive detailed information about your work history including employment dates, employer names and addresses, and earnings.

The Social Security Administration charges a small fee for detailed information based on the length of time for which you would like to receive records.

Tax Returns
If you have saved copies of your tax returns, you should have your copies of your W2 forms, as well. That will give you company information and you should be able to estimate dates of employment.

Check With Prior Employers
You can also reconstruct your employment history by contacting the Human Resources department of any former employers where you have any uncertainty about your start and end dates of employment. Let them know you would like to confirm the exact dates of employment that they have on record.

Keep Track
For future reference, an easy way to keep track of your personal employment history is to keep your resume up-to-date. Add the new information whenever you change jobs, receive a promotion, add new responsibilities, record a significant accomplishment or receive any awards. That way you will have a current work history for whenever you need it.

Creating and updating a detailed LinkedIn Profile is another excellent way to maintain up to date documentation of your employment history.

Free Personal Employment History
Do keep in mind that you can compile your personal employment history free. You don't need to pay a company to get the information for you.

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