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I had worked for a Government contractor a couple of years

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I had worked for a Government contractor a couple of years ago. We were awarded the contract in Oct 2008 and that was when I was interviewed and My name as well as the other supervisors names were on the Scope of Work agreement ,but we the company did not actually start physically working until Mar 2009. My question is when is my actual start date of employment Oct 2008 or Mar 2009 ?

Good afternoon Tom,

I'm sorry to hear of the confusion.

Under the circumstances that you describe, while you may not have begun receiving pay, or actually doing the work for the employer, your start date of employment would have been when you were initially hired and your name was reported as an employee who would be performing the contract on behalf of the contractor.

The start date would have been October, 2008.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

When potential employers do back ground checks do they just verify that you worked for a company or do they also look at the time you spent with a company ?

Good evening Tom,

The standard is to ask about dates of employment and whether the employee is eligible for re-employment with the employer.

It is almost a given that dates of employment will be asked for---to verify what you tell the prospective employer.