The task of verifying work history is something that an employer can in theory do fairly simply by just contacting the former employer of the person in question. However, this presents potential problems as many employers are unaware of what they can and can't say about a former employer. This becomes a bigger issue should the comments they wish to make be negative in nature. As such, many former employers limit the information they pass on to the more basic facts such as the dates they were employed, their title, job duties and wage.
As of 1st January 2021, listed vacancies with a licensed sponsor or employer in the United Kingdom, as part of the hiring process, may require candidates to complete the following pre-employment screening form that certifies their employment history, at the point in which you apply for your desired job opportunity.
There are seven separate sections to complete:
- Personal details
- Preferred hours
- Employment History
- Information in support of your application
- Reasonable Adjustments/Arrangements for Interview
You may also be required to submit an up-to-date resume or CV with at least two references as well as an optional cover letter addressed to the team lead, hiring manager or head of the corporate department you are applying to.