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How to Search a Person's Job History

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Employers and individuals researching a person for employment may search online for a person's job history. You can also search a person's job history for professional networking to see if you have overlapping interests, job skills or worked for the same company. Searching online is a quick way to get results, but you may also consult a local public records office.

Employment Websites

Search her job history through an employment website. Before hiring a candidate, check her professional background first.

Use ZoomInfo.com. An employment website for job seekers and recruiters, its search engine matches employers and employees based on professional backgrounds.

Speak with a potential employee in person or over the phone. Ask about previous jobs according to his resume. Double-check his experience by asking him about particular roles in the job, his strengths, weaknesses and why he is seeking other work.

Search Public Records

Use Abika (abika.com) or Public Records Search Online (publicrecordssearchonline.org) to search work history data.

Register on a public records online search engine. Go to work history or workplace history to search past jobs.

Note that online searches only draw up things a person has entered into a computer or what has been logged in by police, courts, and other government entities.

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Search public records in person. Go to a state government office to register or visit the state of employment’s local government Web page. In Maryland, for example, the local government website features a background check page. Use the General Registration Form to register as a hiring agency that requires background job checks.

Professional Networking Websites

Visit a professional networking site to search job history and professional connections. Log in or register for a LinkedIn (linkedin.com), Ecademy (ecademy.com), or similar business networking site.

Enter a person’s name in the people search tab. Or, search using a job, company name or groups category like a university alumni group.

Add the person whose history you are searching as a contact. Send an in-mail message or request a connection to view the person’s data online. Wait for a response.

View profiles. Once you receive an accepted invitation by email, access the person's profile page on the site. View their resumes, previous companies and employer recommendations.

About the Author

Noelle Carver has been a freelance writer since 2009, with work published in "SSYK" and "The Wolf," two U.K. literary journals. Carver holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from American University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.

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