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Old 11-25-2015, 12:06 AM
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After college I worked in Asia in technology for about 4 years and now I am back in the US looking for technology jobs. Is my foreign country working experience considered valid? I have this concern because 1), I never paid US taxes. 2), The tech companies I worked for are small companies, which are hard for my future US company to verify/ background check.

So should I list my 4 years experience on my resume? will they be considered valid here in the US?
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Old 11-25-2015, 04:01 AM
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You not paying US taxes doesn't mean a darn thing to a prospective employer, but Uncle Sam will be quite interested if you're US citizen and didn't file your foreign income. Even if you made below x amount, you are still required to file taxes.

As for your work experience, it depends on whether or not they want to take the time to call overseas and talk to someone. If you did well in a face to face interview, we'd take the time to contact your old employer, in writing and by phone, to verify your work.

Yes, put in on your resume...how else are you going to explain a 4 yr gap. That 4 yr gap would a negative in my book
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:48 AM
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Yes, of course it's valid and you should include it on your resume.
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:50 PM
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experience is experience, regardless of the country (though it may be discounted if the employer doesn't regard that area very highly). Certainly include it in your number of years.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:16 PM
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Definitely include it. It's experience. Having four years of gainful employment in your field is preferable to having a big gap (or no experience listed? would that be your alternative?). If you did leave a gap and they asked about it, they would be very confused when you told them you were working. It would seem suspect that you didn't include it.

I'm not sure why the small tech companies would be hard to verify unless they no longer exist. You have provided contact information or enough information for them to find the company to verify your employment?
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