I have been working full time for a large corporation. Two months ago I left the full time job and joined a startup. I don't have any formal contract with this startup. However, the startup has funding problems and is unable to pay me. I am planning to join some other organization soon.
I mention on LinkedIn and my resume that I work with a startup. I know that the employment verification is usually done through some agencies like “The Work Number”. I know for sure that the startup does not voluntarily provide any information to any background check firm and the background check reports won't have any mention of this startup.
When I join my next job, how will the employer verify the employment with this startup (other than direct phone call/email)? Please assume the usual employment verification scenario (and not the "security clearance" kind)
Since the startup is not paying me, will this even be considered a (valid) job at all? Will there be any verification at all in this case?
[A question related to the question above] Please see this question also: Verification of unpaid volunteer experience, USA