Your employment cannot be verified if it cannot be found. Don't assume that information you provide is verifiable. Do your research and find out where your employment records can be found and provide this information on the application. If your company went out of business or merged with another, make calls, find out where your records can be verified.


Don't assume that someone conducting your background investigation will make numerous calls and expend extra time to locate your records if you do not provide verifiable information.


Employers outsource the employment verification process to background investigation companies. It is highly likely that the background investigation on you will be conducted by overseas call centers that have limited knowledge of employers in this country. Additionally, those conducting research are paid piecework, meaning that the incentive is to complete the employment verification rapidly rather than accurately. Do not assume that individuals from several thousand miles away will understand information you provide and locate employers without specific information.

If you supply a resume in lieu of an employment application, make sure your resume includes information that can be verified. Often, resumes provide useless information that cannot be confirmed. Provide the full name of your employer, the location of the employer and contact information.

If information you provide cannot be verified, your destiny can be left to a busy recruiter who has dozens of qualified people applying for the same position. The recruiter has a choice. They can take the time to call you and determine why information could not be verified, give you the opportunity to provide any new information and then forward this information to the background investigation company. Additional research conducted by the background company will delay the hiring process and result in additional costs to the potential employer. Or, the recruiter can move onto the next candidate who has provided verifiable information. What do you think will happen to your prospects for employment in this scenario? You will repeat the same mistake over and over again. Do a background check on yourself with the information you are providing to employers. What will you find? Learn from your mistakes, determine what it takes to verify your employment and provide verifiable information to a potential employer.

The most common mistakes when applying for a job


  • Abbreviating an employer's name
  • Failing to include the telephone number and location of the employer
  • Listing the name of the company where you were staffed as your employer instead of the staffing agency for whom you actually employed
  • The HR department at the company where you were staffed will not have any record of your employment
  • Providing the name of an employer that is out of business or was taken over by another company
  • Failing to provide current contact information for current or former supervisors