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Old 11-10-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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Can potential employers tell if you were unemployed?

I know there is a bias against people who have been on unemployment for awhile, and was wondering if it was pretty easy for them to tell, or if it would be difficult for them to tell.

Basically I just finished my last tier of unemployment compensation. During this time I would occasionally do some very cheap internet stuff, writing, sending out emails for one guy's site, product reviews etc. The compensation was almost nil, more something to do than actual income.

But could I put "internet marketing" or something similar after my last job worked to fill in that big work gap? Would they even know I was on unemployment?

Thanks.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Grass Valley,CA.
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Employers dont have access to your personal info like tax records.
They can run a credit check on you and some do.
I suppose you can write down anything and its up to them to verify.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Michael, is your concern regarding the collection of benefits, or just being unemployed?

If it's the collection of benefits, even your separating employer wouldn't know if you are collecting once you exhaust STATE benefits. So, they would only know about the first 26 weeks or whatever it normally is in your state of residence.

To cover up the employment gap, Independent Contractor, Freelance, and Consultant are my favorites.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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how about couch potato, or weed inspector.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NJ
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No, actually those two are at the bottom of the list, but if they work, more power to you!
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Michael, is your concern regarding the collection of benefits, or just being unemployed?

If it's the collection of benefits, even your separating employer wouldn't know if you are collecting once you exhaust STATE benefits. So, they would only know about the first 26 weeks or whatever it normally is in your state of residence.

To cover up the employment gap, Independent Contractor, Freelance, and Consultant are my favorites.
Pretty much just being unemployed so long.

Have you had success with using contractor/freelance/consultant as a replacement for work gap?
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Grass Valley,CA.
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how about couch potato, or weed inspector.
Television critic.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Pretty much just being unemployed so long.

Have you had success with using contractor/freelance/consultant as a replacement for work gap?
Yes, although it just gets me a little more contractor/freelance/consultant work and not permanent full-time brick and mortar employment so far.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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how about couch potato, or weed inspector.
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Television critic.
I'm a triple threat: couch potato, TV critic, M&M taster
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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Employers know all that stuff. You can't hide it. Most previous employers are "out of business". I don't question it and I just assume that they were unemployed or in jail.

If an employer cannot confirm past employment, what do you think they will assume? Everything! Mostly that your are a lying to cover the employment gap.

Why don't you just tell the true?
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