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In today’s economic climate it is more important than ever for job candidates to separate themselves from the pack. In some instances, this includes showcasing background items such as safe driving and clean criminal records.

Recruiters can save time, improve job placement results, and generate additional revenue by using tools that streamline the screening process. Therefore, the screening process and background checks can easily reveal that a driving record is not squeaky clean and / or a criminal background is not spotless.

Nothing is more frustrating to hiring authorities than, after reviewing hundreds of resumes, they learn through a background check that a candidate is not eligible for employment. Background check tools are designed today to eliminate wasted time and frustration and put recruiters and candidates on an equitable playing field. Although they give candidates an advantage by showcasing integrity and honesty, they can also reveal some less than optimal hiring qualities.

In short, whether you are hired or promoted may depend on the information revealed in a background check. This goes for job applicants, existing employees, and volunteers. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. With today’s current emphasis on security and safety, employment background checks have dramatically increased in number. The optimal way to protect yourself . . .

  1. Tell the truth on the resume and application process.
  2. Be up front on the cover letter about past indiscretions, pointing out that you have learned from your mistakes.
  3. Actually learn from your mistakes and choose to make the right decisions in the future.

My next blog will provide you with an explanation of the why and how of background checks, as well as what can be covered in a background report, your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and what you can do to prepare for the background check. Until next time . . .

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