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Background Checks On People


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Background Checks On People

  1. 1. ==== ====Perform Instant Background Checks with – Report will include information fromCriminal and Civil Records! ====The self-background check is gradually catching on in the US as a strategy for professional-leveljob seekers. Its seen as a way to gain an edge - a small but sometimes crucial edge - in todaysbrutal job market.So whats it all about? The idea is simply this. Before any employer will hire you they will do anemployment screening report, essentially a background investigation, on you, in which youll bechecked for criminal records, bankruptcies, judgments, tax liens, etc., and your college degree andpast employment will be verified.With the self-background check you offer the employer reassurance that, when they conduct theirbackground investigation on you, there will not any surprises. Its as simple as that, and it works.The employer wants to be sure you are who you say you are, you have no criminal record (at leastno felonies), you have the degree you claim, and you held the positions you say you did. All thatspretty reasonable, especially since - according to some studies - as many as a third of white-collarapplicants lie about their qualifications on their resumes or job applications.Doing a self-background check, or as its more often called, a self-check employment screeningreport, can indeed reassure the employer that, if they decide to hire you, there wont be anysurprises when they check you out. (Most employers use employment screening firms, such, to handle all their background checks; few do this work in house.)This is not a small matter. If a company makes a candidate an offer, then has to retract it becausesomething negative crops up in his/her employment screening report, the company has wastedtime and money, plus now has a potential lawsuit on their hands for having taken an "adverseaction" against a job candidate (such suits are not at all rare).So lets say youre a hiring manager and you are considering two applicants - equally qualified - fora job opening, one of which has included a self-check employment screening report (self-background check) along with his/her resume. Which will you choose? Chances are, youll leantoward the latter candidate. Its just human nature to take the safer route.But theres yet another important reason to have a self-background check done. What ifemployment screening companies are reporting wrong information about you? For example, whatif theyre reporting that you have a criminal record when you dont? Or that youve been through abankruptcy when you havent?Something like this can and does happen. And youll probably never find out unless you do a self-
  2. 2. background check report on yourself.So how do you go about getting one of these reports? Well, there are hundreds of background-investigation companies online clamoring for your business. You can just pick one and pay thefee. However this is not the best idea because youre not really looking for a garden-varietybackground check. Youre looking for an employment screening report, one which comes from areputable employment screening company, which you can attach to your resume.An employment screening report differs from a straight background check in several ways, forexample, the former contains verifications - specifically, of your college degree and of your pastemployment. Straight background checks dont contain this type of information.So you need to find a reputable employment screening company - not just a background checkcompany - to do your report for you. This is a bit harder. Most employment screening companiesdo not want to do self-background check type employment screening reports. They are set up towork for employers, not for job seeking individuals, and they like volume orders, not single orders.Most will turn down your request for a self-background check.However there are a few smaller employment screening companies which will do your self-background check for you - some, of course, will do a better job than others.Note that most of these companies will not send you a printed report. They will send you a URLaddress and password with which to access your report online. Then, when you submit yourresume, you can inform your potential employer you have had a self-background check done, andyou can supply the URL and password or offer to provide them upon request. Alternatively, youcan simply print out the background report and attach it to your resume. Personally, I would usethe latter method, simply because its more likely to have an impact.Background investigations, including self-background checks, are part and parcel of our newInternet-suffused society. You may not be aware of it, but the next time you visit a CPA to haveyour taxes done, that CPA may run an Internet-generated background check run on you beforeaccepting you as a new client! So may a lawyer you wish to hire, or even a Web design firm! Manycompanies and professionals, large and small, now have background-check companies onretainer and with a couple mouse clicks can check you out. Maybe its time to consider gettingahead of the curve by checking yourself out first to be certain the info thats being disseminatedabout you is correct.Washington Research Associates, Inc. is an employment-screening company focusing on smallbusiness clients. We offer self-check employment screening to individuals, as well, through oursite at If you would like to read more about self-checkemployment screening, visit us at Or just send an email to
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