Back to Work

Excerpt from: {see} Digital Magazine - Issue #8
Published: November 4, 2009


Many People Have Gaps in Their Resumes, For Many Different Reasons

Some have been laid off, others have taken time off to raise families or go back to school. With the economic downturn, more and more people have been laid off and are looking to get back into the working world. In some ways this is good news for smaller businesses, it means that there are a lot of workers to choose from. However it can also be a minefield if employers aren't careful.

Desperate workers have turned to desperate measures, resume fraud is running rampant and some job seekers are "covering" gaps in their work history by claiming that they were victims of the recession. You could easily end up with someone who was simply fired from his/her last job for legitimate reasons just because you gave them the benefit of the doubt.

What is a hiring manager to do when reviewing candidates with gaps in their resumes?

It's simple, just remember the phrase
"Back 2 Work"

BACK Is For Background
Always run at least a basic background screen. No matter what business you're in, your employees represent your business. Make sure you know what you're getting into, and always follow your background screening procedure. (you do have a background screening procedure, don't you?)

2 Reference Minimum
Before any offer, checking with two references is a must. One reference can give you an opinion. Speaking with two references, you'll notice similarities and difference in their comments about the candidate. Bonus: call a third reference and a pattern will start to emerge.

WORK Is The Goal
A spotless background and stellar references doesn't mean you've found the right person for the job. Although background screens and reference checks are important, they are only the first steps. You still need to know that the candidate can do the work required and is a good fit for your company. This starts with good interviewing. For some great interview tips, take a look at {see}bolt blogger and {see} contributor Gary Jensen's Resume Screening tips.

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