I’ve been at my current job now for 8yrs and I do not remember the dates when I worked at my previous employers. To top things off the company’s are no longer around, should I even bother to put them on my resume? if so how should I go about this?
First of all, you always want to include all previous employment on your resume. To narrow down the dates, I would recommend that you first find out the date of hire at your current employer (month & year). Your HR department (or manager) can provide this. If you’re worried about asking as it would cause red flags; it shouldn’t. You need dates of hire to apply for credit cards, apartment rental applications, taxes, etc. Therefore, there are numerous reasons why you would need dates of employment. With this information, come up with a timeline for employment at the other companies. Were you there for a year, or a month? Guess-timate the months of employment for the other companies. It’s job experience, therefore I would include it, as a hole in dates on your resume is far worse than being off by a month or two on dates of employment on the resume. And bottom line, it was eight years ago, therefore your potential employer will be less concerned with checking dates and references…. If you’re really struggling to figure out dates of hire and employment, dig up your tax returns, as you must have reported wages if employed. With this info, you should be able to piece together a good estimate. For example, if 90% of your wages in 1995 came from company X, chances are that you started in January/February.