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The Google Search Background Check

The Google Search Background Check

The good old background check has been employer’s go to for a number of years now. Before a reputable company makes their pick of anew employee, they submit for the trusty background check. By the looks of it the background check will be the go to for many years to come; however, these days companies can do a little extra research with a click of a button.

What Information is Out there about You?

Google, Yahoo, and Bing, just to name a few, have become a huge information source for companies looking to hire. Typing an individual’s name into the search bar brings up information you won’t see on a background check. Depending on the person being searched, this can be a good thing, or a not so good thing; chances are, some of the information found will not be hire worthy.

These days our entire lives are shared online; everything from engagement announcements to the inevitable, “Good morning!” We share status updates, tweets, images and videos without a second thought. We chat with friends, comment on their walls, retweet what catches our attention, and hash tag what we want to reiterate. While we’re having fun connecting with the world we are leaving behind a timeline and trail of information.

We are free to express ourselves, free to have opinions, and free to speak them, so what could be better than posting our thoughts to the whole world? Right? Well, it may feel right, in the moment anyways; but, when you’re looking to further your career you may want to rethink posting some things that could hurt your reputation later.

A background check says a lot about a person; however, in these modern times, some social media profiles say even more. We’ve grown accustomed to telling people about our day, and some of us even elaborating on the woes of the day. We hit the “post” button without even giving our words a second thought.

So what should you do before you walk into that big interview? How can you keep a squeaky clean image for your potential new boss? A few steps can help you keep your personal life within your friend group and out of the workplace. Cleaning up your online presence might take a little bit of time, but can we well worth it in the end.

Starting with your Facebook profile, help keep your personal life private by changing your profile settings. Make sure your settings let only your friends and followers see your posts. Let’s face it, sometimes we want to voice our opinions, but those opinions might not be intended for someone in our professional world to see, such as a potential boss. They don’t necessarily need to know how you feel about certain things. This separation helps you keep a good relationship with the people you work with.

Twitter has the same settings available. By adjusting your Twitter settings you can keep your posts between you and your friends. People trying to view your account will have little to no access to the information you choose to post. This allows you to have fun on your Twitter page and not have to worry about people you don’t know seeing what you’re up to.

Instagram is another popular social media outlet. It lets you post both, images and videos of the activities you have going on, pictures of yourself, family members, or friends. Just like its fellow social media sites, it too has privacy settings. These settings let you share your images and videos with friends and followers, yet keep them out of the world’s view. At any rate, you should be using discretion when posting any type of picture or video.

The same goes for your other social media profiles, such as Google+ and Pheed. The best way to clean up your online presence is to update your settings. In good measure, you should Google your name on occasion to see what information and pictures show up; you might be surprised at what is out there. Keep your personal information and sharing between you, your friends, and family. With security settings in place, you will have the freedom to enjoy using your profiles and share your life with your friends without compromising a new job opportunity.

Background Checks: Risk Protection for Employers

Financial Background ChecksIn today’s current economy, there are a lot of job seekers who are anxious to find employment, and at almost any level. There are many people who are working jobs for which they are either overqualified or where they don’t have the necessary skills or experience to do an effective job. Background checks have become important part of the process for employers.

There are often situations where potential employees will tweak their resumes or embellish during their interview, so they can be selected for the job. This could mean that even those lookers who have advanced education or experience may be willing to take a lower paying job out of sheer financial desperation. It is indeed a dire scenario, but it is realistic.

The Employer’s Risk

However, as an employer, there are certain risks that the employer must guard against in order to protect their businesses from any liability or other potentially harmful situations. What are some risks that they can incur?

  • Simply hiring an employee based solely on the information supplied on their resume or job application, the employer is assuming that everything given to them is correct. They are incurring a potential liability.
  • Although not always the case each time, an employer who hires an employee without full knowledge of his or her background, they are taking both a financial risk and a business image risk.
  • Employing someone with a drug problem that could affect his or her employment duties. Most drug testing will also involve a background check. Jobs where this would be required would be healthcare workers or state or federal employees.

This is why it’s important to perform background checks on potential hires. This is especially true when or if the job involves performing financial responsibilities or in handling sensitive information.

Financial Background Checks

While it is necessary to obtain permission to perform background checks on potential hires, it should not be a problem to get this permission if the candidate understands the reasons why the check is needed.

For instance, employees who work at financial institutions like loans or banks should expect to have a background check performed on their financial and credit history. The banking institution needs to perform this search to ensure that the candidate displays responsibility and maturity in handling their own personal financial situations before they are expected to successfully perform financial duties for their employers. Items that the bank would look at would be:

  • if the candidate has defaulted on any loans of any kind such as; credit cards, student loans, automobile loans, etc.
  • notice of any other financial institution that has reported the candidate has a history of writing bad checks.
  • any history of slow-paying or missed payments on their personal bills, mortgages, etc.

Why Do Background Checks?

Why Do Background Checks

Criminal background checks are another area that’s searched when the work involves

dealing with sensitive information or individuals. Most jobs dealing with children will want to perform a criminal check to ensure that the individual doesn’t have any questionable

information that could pose a problem. Usually, teachers, school bus drivers, tutors, coaches and even administrators who deal with children are asked to submit to this kind of background check.

Employers also lean towards performing background checks to ensure that the information reported on an employee’s resume is correct, especially when it concerns the level of education that’s reported. This is one area where there is a habitual problem with false information being reported.

Do potential hires sometimes lie on their resumes?

Yes, they do!

Although it’s not always the case, it does happen. It happens most frequently concerning the applicant’s level of education. Reporting degrees that have not been granted, or reporting schools that they have not attended are two of the most frequently found offenses. It can be a problem when the job involves duties for which their degrees are of importance. For instance:

  • Falsely reporting accounting degrees. The job may also require certification to perform certain duties, and no degree or certification means that the employer is liable for any mistakes the employee makes.
  • Falsely listing health-related degrees. This is a real problem, especially concerning patient care, etc. A falsely reported or unearned medical degree from a school could mean big liabilities for health institutions.

Other Reasons to Perform Background Checks

Many companies run applicant credit checks and use that information as consideration in part of the hiring process. Other things may make a difference like:

  • Credit liens, which may suggest a semblance of financial irresponsibility of the employee, perhaps showing that they weren’t responsible enough or more proactive in negotiating a debt-reduction settlement on their own behalf.
  • Multiple credit cards or 100% credit utilization may suggest that the individual is inundated with debt and perhaps cannot effectively manage their finances.
  • Bankruptcy or foreclosure shows a potential lack of responsibility as well, or suggests that the person may lack long-term visibility or other solutions