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re questions about salary history

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Hi, guys,
Here is a question bothering me. Hope I can get some help and suggestions from you.
I graduated and have been job hunting for more than a month. Before going back to school for my MSCS, I worked in two companies, the one I had been working for years bankrupted, the other one I just stayed for only a couple of months.
I got some phone calls and on-site interviews, especially the phone calls from recruiters, they always ask about salary history. The problem is, after my first company bankrupted, I jumped into the 2nd company with very low pay, now seems this experience downgrades my value and my credibility. I can feel their surprise and their change of attitude. Although I am not comfortable with the question, but looks it's not avoidable.
I am thinking about removing the 2nd company from my resume completely. But can the company really check my employment and salary history, like from when to when in which company, how much I earned, etc? How are they going to check from a bankrupted company?
Thank you!
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In general you should avoid providing a salary history until after an offer is made. To do otherwise is to give your prospective employer an unfair advantage.
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See my posting here. it applies to salary history, too.
[ September 12, 2002: Message edited by: Mark Herschberg ]
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