How to verify my personal employment history

Written by anna green
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Verifying your personal employment history is essential when writing a resume, applying for a job, adopting a child, applying for a professional license or submitting to an official background check. There is no single source you can use to verify your personal employment history. Nonetheless, you can create a comprehensive, accurate listing of your personal employment history to submit to employers and agencies using a combination of personal resources and documentation from the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service.

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    Request your Social Security statement. Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) mails an earnings statement to all workers older than 25. The statement lists your previous employers, the years in which you were employed and how much reported income you earned. If you are a younger worker or did not receive your statement, you can request one using Form SSA-7050, available from the SSA website or local branch office.

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    Review previous years' income tax returns. Your income tax returns include information on what employers you worked for in a given calendar year. If you have not retained copies of your income tax returns, you may request copies by calling the IRS or submitting IRS Form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return).

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    Locate paystubs and employment contracts. Copies of your paystubs, direct deposit receipts and former employment contracts can help you verify your salary, along with your dates of employment and the full name of your employer.

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    Contact human resource departments to confirm the details. If you need to confirm exact hire dates and salary, talk to your previous employers’ human resources department. Most companies will be able to provide you with a written summary of the details of your employment, including salary and benefits packages.

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