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How to Ease the Fear of Employment Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

"We're very impressed with your skill set and are happy to offer you the job.... pending a background check investigation."

Even to those with nothing to hide, the second part of that sentence can shatter nerves of steel for job seekers. They wonder, "What will they find?" And, "Have I done anything wrong that I can't recall?" Or "What about that one mistake I made in college?"

Your recruiting and hiring staff can help ease these fears when running employment background checks.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

Reduce Time-to-Hire without Putting your Business at Risk

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Oct 01, 2019

The efficiency of your company hiring process is more important than ever. Candidates go to websites like Glassdoor and others to share their experiences with any other potential candidate. Creating a positive candidate experience is crucial to attracting a quality pool of applicants as well as protecting your brand image. For a business that wants to hire the right employees, reducing time-to-hire is one way to improve the hiring experience. It's not necessary to cut corners to reduce the time from placing an ad to hiring an employee. 

How to reduce time-to-hire without putting your business at risk.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Screening Practices for a Drug-Free Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Drug-Free Workplace Act requiring employers of federal workers and certain federal contractors to adopt a drug-free workplace policy and create drug-free awareness programs. Today, many employers have chosen to adopt these policies and programs as the norm. If your organization is considering implementing a drug-free workplace or already has one in place, this post will offer what to consider, reasons to adopt the policy, drug screening practices and more.

Read more to learn about screening practices and how to implement a drug-free workplace.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

How Other Companies Recruit and Hire Their Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Recruiting new employees doesn't have to be about placing an ad or scouring LinkedIn anymore. These days, hiring managers have their eyes open all the time to find perfect candidates. Once the candidates are found, it's important to create a fair and consistent candidate experience to keep job seekers interested.

If you're curious how businesses recruit and hire their employees, read on.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Speed Up Hiring with a Paperless Process

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

Feeling swamped by paperwork? As an HR professional, your desk is a bevy of resumes, applications, contracts and interview notes.  You may even have some electronic or online tasks but the process isn't efficient or consistent. Going paperless not only saves trees but may also reduce the time and effort it takes to recruit and hire. 

Here's how paperless hiring can speed up your recruiting, hiring and on boarding process.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Background Checks on First-Time Job Candidates and Recent Grads

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Employers hiring recent graduates or first-time job candidates are faced with a different set of challenges during background checks. For one thing, there's not much in the "job history" category.  Younger generations aren't going to be familiar with a hiring process or what it entails. They need patience and understanding - especially if they really enjoyed their youth and got in trouble with the law. 

Here are some considerations during employment background checks for first time job seekers and recent grads.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What are the Best Practices for Running Background Checks on Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Employers look to background checks to protect their business, employees and customers.  As a hiring manager doing the interviews, you may feel that you have a good sense of the applicant. Their resume looks spotless and the conversations have been impressive. Screening your impressive employee isn't adding doubt to your instincts - in fact, a background check should be used to validate what you may already know. 

Here are some best practices for running background checks on employees.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Yes, Even Enterprise Companies Face EEOC Lawsuits

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 31, 2019

Small businesses aren't the only organizations that may be facing litigation for non-compliance or discrimination. As we frequently feature on this blog, large corporations with full human resources departments still make mistakes. This time, Walmart is facing allegations of racial discrimination due to its background check policies regarding criminal background checks. 

Read more to learn how enterprise companies such as Walmart face EEOC lawsuits. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

How Your Background Check Company Helps with Hiring Decisions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, May 29, 2019

Once the hiring need has been established, a job description and listing is created to determine the right candidate for the job. During the hiring process, a candidate's information may be reviewed by everyone from recruiters to human resources to management.  Along the way, the applicant may be subject to removal from consideration. The ultimate hiring decision, however, is made by the hiring manager who will be working with the candidate. 

If you've incorporated background screening in your hiring process, your screening partner may also help with the hiring decision. Here's how.

How your background check company helps with hiring decisions.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

How to Choose the Best Employment Background Check Company

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 20, 2019

As hiring managers or HR professionals, you're not only tasked with hiring the best and brightest but also doing it correctly. With FCRA class action lawsuits, changing legislation and candidates reviewing your hiring process online, your job responsibilities are heavily scrutinized and could put your employer at risk. Choosing a partner to assist and educate with compliance during your hiring process can help minimize that risk. 

Here are best practices for choosing the best employment background check company.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting