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Background checks by job hunters may stave off incorrect information

Dec 06, 2012 Quinn Thomas

A Florida software company is offering job seekers a service that is used more frequently by hiring managers - access to background checks. Ovation Technologies recommends that those looking for employment do a screening of their own background, because the vast majority of talent recruiters and companies considering them for a job will do one on them anyway. By having the results of a personal background check at their disposal, job hunters will know what human resource professionals find out and will be able to correct any errors they find. Companies, like Microbilt, that specialize in background screenings include a wide range of information beyond education and employment history. A typical search may include driving records, eviction and financial history, professional licensing and a check of international watch lists. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that more than two-thirds of employers (69 percent) will check the backgrounds of individuals they are considering for a job. About half will also conduct criminal background screenings to reduce the possibility of negligent hiring and to maintain a safe workplace for their employees. However, SHRM also found that 58 percent of employers will allow job candidates to explain the circumstances of any criminal information that is uncovered.