Accurately Recalling Dates for Job Application


Melissa writes:
Hi! I am trying to get my own employment history through the last 10 years.
I need to be exact with dates/months etc. I have a general idea of the months
which I started and stopped but not the specific dates. How do I find this
information so I can report it correctly on a new application?


The Career Doctor responds:
Don’t you have this information on your resume? Do you keep
copies of old job applications? And more importantly why do
you need the exact start and stop dates? Normally employers
simply want month and year.
If you simply must have the exact dates of your employment my
best suggestion would be to contact the human resources departments of your previous employers and request the information
from them.
And to avoid this problem in the future keep an employment diary
of all your important information — dates of employment names of
supervisors key contact information for references a list of your accomplishments and honors etc. And if you don’t have a resume
now is the time to develop one.

 

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Melissa writes:
Hi! I am trying to get my own employment history through the last 10 years.
I need to be exact with dates/months etc. I have a general idea of the months
which I started and stopped but not the specific dates. How do I find this
information so I can report it correctly on a new application?


The Career Doctor responds:
Don’t you have this information on your resume? Do you keep
copies of old job applications? And more importantly why do
you need the exact start and stop dates? Normally employers
simply want month and year.
If you simply must have the exact dates of your employment my
best suggestion would be to contact the human resources departments of your previous employers and request the information
from them.
And to avoid this problem in the future keep an employment diary
of all your important information — dates of employment names of
supervisors key contact information for references a list of your accomplishments and honors etc. And if you don’t have a resume
now is the time to develop one.

 


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