How far back can an employer go for employment verification?

I've heard anywhere from 2-10 years. All of the jobs on my resume has been extended as far as how long I've worked there. I did this so I can get hired quicker. Most of the jobs I've held were customer service positions and they come and go, so I really have 5months here and 3months there. What would you do in this case and is that the best route to take by me stretching the dates??

Asked By: jainiitay64 - 12/20/2007
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Typical background checks will go back 10 years of employment and as far back as needed for education.
Answered By: hr4me - 12/20/2007
Additional Answers (14)
As far as they choose !
Answered By: lonewolf - 12/20/2007
as far as they want
Answered By: Why ask me? - 12/20/2007
as far as they want to go or as far as records will allow.
Answered By: Don E - 12/20/2007
as far back as ur credit goes.... so usually 7 years
Answered By: nick - 12/20/2007
I think they only verify the past couple of jobs but the rule of thumb for resumes is 10 years - I go back 17 to show more skills. A functional resume might be better than a chronological one. But you would have to put the correct dates on your application.
Answered By: Thomasina Paine - 12/20/2007
5 years
Answered By: teamosenor93 - 12/20/2007
i dont' think you should lie on your resume.. if you've worked somewhere for a few months you should state it... if you've jumped around quite a bit; you may choose to just skip the dates and just put the company and your job title; maybe at the top of your resume you just put (~6+ years of customer service experience... More
Answered By: mrjoh2001 - 12/20/2007
do whatever you feel is best on your CV, that way you can chose which information to put on there, but same employers like to see what work you have done to see what experience you have gathered and the period you worked there doesn't matter to them, just the experience. Good luck!
Answered By: Mie - 12/20/2007
They can go back as far as 7yrs, you should only put the job that you have been with for 6 months or longer. It's not a good Idea to put down a job to only make yourself look good in the end you end up looking bad.... GOOD LUCK!!
Answered By: marianna c - 12/20/2007
Depending on the position and employer....i know that some go way back from the begining and others only go back a few years. But believe it or not many of them don't even bother with employment verficiation
Answered By: Sharon F - 12/20/2007
Yes, they go back from 2 or up to 10 years. The average for a corporation is about 5 to 7. Now, regarding your resume and your short job time periods, you might want to switch to a resume where your position and experience are your headlines. For example, I would include all your companies where you worked for customer... More
Answered By: Fern - 12/20/2007
First, I'd say it depends on your age. If you're younger, they may only go back 5 or so years, but if you're into your 30s or so, they'll probably go back 10 years (or you should have 10 years on your resume, at least -- they may not actually "verify" as in call back that far). I don't think there's any set legal time... More
Answered By: chumley - 12/20/2007
To be perfectly honest, most places don't check back more than your last employer. HR people are notoriously lazy, and after a few years, many retail/customer service places don't even exist any more, so it's impossible to call them. As long as you didn't stretch your very last job too much, it'd be fine... More
Answered By: laeliadr - 12/20/2007
Fern and Lailedr (sorry if I misspelled) have made some good points. Depending on the state you live in and the employer, some do go back a full ten years. What do you mean "the jobs on my resume....extended as far as how long I've worked there"? Do you mean you put down that you worked there longer than you really... More
Answered By: Joy H - 12/20/2007
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