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Been out of the job force for 15 years -- I got a job in Feb, put on probabtion & so stressed that I walked out the door. If I don't put them on my resume, what do I do if a potential comp. makes me provide W2's? Can they find out?

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(Associate) |

I've never had a potential employer ask for W-2's, but I may be an exception. Nevertheless, can you turn the bad experience into a learning experience? As a hiring manager myself and from what I've read, I would respect someone who lost a job but learned lessons from the experience. We all make mistakes, but the ones who learn from them are the ones who grow

Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
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(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

I do not see the problem. You have been unemployed for 15 years and you are NOT going to include the most recent employment (not going to touch, at least for this response, whether that is a good idea or not OR even the appropriateness of the employer practice asking for the W2) What W2 are they going to ask for? The one from 15 years ago?

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Scott MacDonald
Title: President/Owner
Company: AlphaMac Resources, Inc.
(President/Owner, AlphaMac Resources, Inc.) |

Providing a W2 to a prospective employer more than likely violates your confidentiality agreement with any prior employers. There is only one reason a prospective employers asks for a W2, to use it to pay you based on your last salary, not on what the new job is worth.

I would never go to work for a company that asked me for a copy of W2s from prior employers.


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