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How to find my previous employment history

Your employment history consists of all your past employers. However, the older you get, the amount of employment history you provide changes. For example, in college you might list high school work experience, but after college this experience becomes less relevant. The most important thing in assembling your employment history using the Internet is to save the information and store it in a safe place for future reference.

Generate a list of previous employers, starting with high school.

Write down any information you remember about each employer, such as the location and supervisor.

List the dates you worked for each employer.

Provide a brief description of your duties for your major employers.

Fill in the details missing from your list using the Internet as your principal research tool.

Use Google to search for the names of employers and to find addresses and phone numbers.

Research employer websites to recall details about your work duties.

Request accurate employment information for specific employers and/or tax years by getting transcripts of your federal income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.

Add a brief note in your employment history for details you can no longer recall or find through research efforts. Some employers go out of business or close after you leave employment.

Look at old paycheck stubs or W-2 forms. Use a previous employer's Employer Identification Number to access the most current information registered with the Internal Revenue Service. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one way to find an employer's EIN is through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR website.

Proofread your work history for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.


  • Contact former coworkers to get more details for your employment history. During these contacts, you can ask for references if needed. A list of temporary employment is optional. W-2 forms in your tax records include address information for previous employers. Some government jobs may require you to research all details of your employment history.