Background checks and your career

Two recent articles on the leading career site, The Ladders, feature background screening expert Lester Rosen on the role that employment screening may play in a job search.  The Ladders is the world’s largest community catering exclusively to the $100k+ job market. 

According to the articles by author Kevin Fogarty: 

Recruiters and investigators who conduct employment background checks advise job seekers to know what their records will say to a potential employer and be prepared to correct or explain them in an interview. 

“If they got a degree at a diploma mill, that will be revealed in a respectable background check; if they didn’t work at an employer they listed, or didn’t have the job title they said they had, that will come out,” said Les Rosen, former California deputy district attorney; president of Employment Screening Resources of Novato, Calif.; and founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. 

The problem for job seekers is that there isn’t a lot they can do to keep “secrets” under wraps while they’re job-searching or even afterward. If you have a black mark on your record, expect it to surface, Rosen said. “When a person with something minor in their background tries to hide it, they are taking a risk.” 

The article also discusses the fact that so much information is now available online: 

“Derogatory information honestly revealed and discussed by the applicant is much less harmful than if it’s discovered by a third party,” ESR’s Rosen said. “Even if the company’s not really looking, one of the most productive sources of background checks is co-workers. 

“If you’re a six-figure person, you have to start with the assumption there are a lot of people working with you or under you who are interested and are going to look you up,” he said. “They’re ready to go on the Internet and see if you’re a sex offender – because that information isn’t hard for consumers to find – or what degrees you’re claiming in your LinkedIn profile or other business connection, and whether you ever went there.”

 The full article is available at:  http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/background-check-makes-tough-interview-questions A companion article discusses what can be found in a background check, at:  http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/anatomy-background-check

For more information on Employment Screening Resources, see: www.ESRcheck.com