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Self Background Checks

Self Background Checks

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Published by Joseph Ryan
Self background checks are catching on with many of today's beleaguered job hunters. By having a background check (also called an employment screening report) run on yourself, you reassure potential employers your qualifications are genuine. At the same time, you reassure yourself that incorrect, damaging information is not being reported on you to employers and others by background-check companies.
Self background checks are catching on with many of today's beleaguered job hunters. By having a background check (also called an employment screening report) run on yourself, you reassure potential employers your qualifications are genuine. At the same time, you reassure yourself that incorrect, damaging information is not being reported on you to employers and others by background-check companies.

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Self Background ChecksSUMMARY: Self background checks are catching on with many of today's beleaguered job hunters. By having a background check (also called an employment screeningreport) run on yourself, you reassure potential employers your qualifications are genuine. At the same time, you reassure yourself that incorrect, damaging information is not being reported on you to employers and others by background-check companies.The self background check is gradually catching on in the US as a strategy for professional-level jobseekers. It's seen as a way to gain an edge
a small but sometimes crucial edge
in today's brutal job market.So what's it all about? The idea is simply this. Before any employer will hireyou they will do an employment screening report, essentially a background investigation, on you, in which you'll be checked for criminal records, bankruptcies,judgments, tax liens, etc., and your college degree and past employment will beverified.With the self background report you offer the employer reassurance that, when they conduct their background investigation on you, there will not any surprises.It's as simple as that, and it works.The employer wants to be sure you are who you say you are, you have no criminalrecord (at least no felonies), you have the degree you claim, and you held the positions you say you did. All that's pretty reasonable, especially since
according to some studies
as many as a third of white-collar applicants lie about their qualifications on their resumes or job applications.Doing a self background check, or as it's more often called, a self-check employment screening report, can indeed reassure the employer that, if they decide tohire you, there won't be any surprises when they check you out. (Most employersuse employment screening firms, such as HireRight.com, to handle all their background checks; few do this work inhouse.)This is not a small matter. If a company makes a candidate an offer, then has to retract it because something negative crops up in his/her employment screeningreport, the company has wasted time and money, plus now has a potential lawsuiton their hands for having taken an
adverse action
against a job candidate (such suits are not at all rare). So let's say you're a hiring manager and you are considering two applicants
equally qualified
for a 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, you'll lean toward the latter candidate. It's justhuman nature to take the safer route.But there's yet another important reason to have a self-background check done.What if employment screening companies are reporting wrong information about you? For example, what if they're reporting that you have a criminal record when you don't? Or that you've been through a bankruptcy when you haven't?Something like this can and does happen. And you'll probably never find out unless you do a self-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 ca

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