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How to Identify Resume Fraud and Read what Counts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

Employers, hiring managers and human resource professionals have the daunting task of processing thousands of resumes that pile up everyday. The employment world is highly competitive and applicants have a way of sprucing up their resumes, often stretching the truth in the process. 

Sifting the untruths and half-truths from what really matters is a tough responsibility for employers that require vigilance, prudence and due diligence.

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Topics: Employment History Verification, Resume Fraud

Challenges with Employment Verification Services

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 07, 2017  |  Share       

In recent news, high school journalism students in Kansas researched their new principal and found discrepancies on her resume. A simple online search revealed questions about the educator's credentials as well as former employers. After their investigation and check of her background, the principal subsequently resigned.

For employers, background checks help to reveal resume fraud however, there are some challenges to employment verification. 

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Topics: Employment History Verification, Employment Verification, Resume Fraud

Background Checks: Generation X vs. Millennials

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 10, 2015  |  Share       

Starting at the turn of the century, employers found that they could be held responsible for the negligent or violent actions of their employees. With their responsibility to provide a safe workplace for other employees and customers, employers and business owners became greatly interested in making more informed hiring decisions. Thus the background check was born. 

With every generation, more screens and regulations are developed to create a safer environment and keep organizations out of litigation. There are, however, factors to acknowledge as the baby boomer generation retires, and generation X and millennials enter (and move about) the workforce. 

What are the background check differences in screening Generation X versus Millennials?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment History Verification, social media and employment, Employment Background Screening

The New VeriFirst ComplianceCloud: Electronic I-9 and E-Verify

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jan 15, 2014  |  Share       

It’s all over the news. We’ve heard all about privacy concerns and how it affects our nation’s security. Have you ever wondered how privacy and security concerns could affect your business?

Enter ComplianceCloudSM.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment History Verification, compliance, E-verify, Employment Background Screening

Reducing IT Security Risk: Know Who You Are Hiring

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 14, 2013  |  Share       


The presence of an IT security risk is part of today's modern business environment.  There are numerous types of background checks performed on new job applicants.  These applicants may arise from various backgrounds, countries and locations. In addition, your company's human resource professional is often hiring candidates for positions across multiple departments, including: Accounting, Customer Service, Sales, and Information technology (IT). The latter is one area of responsibility (AOR) that should not be overlooked when conducting pre-employment history verifications and background screening. The reason? Given the plethora of sensitive data and trade secret information IT professionals may have access to,     

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Topics: Employment History Verification, IT Security Risks, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Employment History: HR Background Check Compliance

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Apr 16, 2013  |  Share       

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Topics: Employment History Verification, Employment History

Conducting Proper Employment History Verification

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jun 21, 2012  |  Share       

When you’re considering bringing someone new on board at your place of work it’s no longer such an effortless thing. There was a time when a business owner would receive a young person applying for a job in person, they would ask them a few questions, give them a look up and down, and make a decision on the spot. Hiring used to be all about the gut; how people felt about those they’d be working closely with. Now it’s not nearly so easy. With all the obstacles to even getting in the room with individuals responsible for hiring, the whole thing can seem a cumbersome exercise in futility. Regardless we still apply for these jobs and on the hiring front you need to make sure you do proper employment history verification before you bring anyone onto your staff. But what are the effective ways to conduct proper employment history verification? Here’s the lowdown.

Skills: One thing you need to find out from former bosses is what exactly are the skills which this employee possessed? Previous employers can get a little cagey about totally throwing someone under the bus. If an employee has exaggerated their skill set on their resume it’s important for hiring managers to ask all relevant questions. One way to accomplish this so that you’re not putting the former employer in a box is by asking yes or no questions. “Did this employee preform this task at your place of business at any time?” Asking your questions this way can be beneficial and instructive; too many “no’s” isn’t a good thing.

Previous bosses: Are the employees previous bosses hesitant and unsure about their place in the company? Do these former bosses even remember the employee being there during the time period depicted? You should be sure to reach out to bosses who were just above the employee so that you can get the impressions of those who worked directly with this employee. If there is a human resources department they should have detailed records on this employee. If they don’t have as detailed a records as you’d like, then you need to do some more digging.

Reports: Another way of getting employee records is by going through an independent company who keeps independent records on employees. There are a number of these employment history verification companies all doing business. You should go with a company who has a trusted reputation and has been in business for some time.

Hiring can be a tough thing. You don’t want to let a rogue onto your home turf. At the same time you can’t just work with the same employees forever. Even if you feel as though you may be taking a risk on a wild card you should go through all the proper steps of employment history verification and background screening. You need to have as clear a picture of who this employee is before they set foot on your premises as an employee.

After that you’ve got to trust your gut and get back to work!


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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment History Verification

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