Right now, background check failures are a huge problem for many. Last year’s pandemic put so many people looking for work, many with ongoing financial problems.
Let’s be honest … 2020 was a yesTurmoil, boredom and hysteria. It was a time of great uncertainty. Millions have had to go through layoffs or apply for unemployment benefits. Others were forced to work from home whether they wanted to or not. Many employees had worked for years to save up social benefits. Some sat at home, did nothing and got paid anyway. Others watched their savings accounts dwindle.
After more than a year of turbulence, it will be a challenge for everyone to get back to work personally. Challenging or not, it’s high time you applied for new jobs or got back to your old one. The competition will increase. Those who wait will have an even harder time getting back to work.
Everyone is a little more cautious these days. You can be sure of one thing: more and more companies will be up and running Background checks. If for some reason you’re scared of passing a background exam, here are some tips to help you overcome difficulty right away.
1. Background checks reveal any tax issues.
One thing that you should do before applying for a job and risking a background check is to fix them all Problems with tax fraud. Were you on disability leave or unemployment benefit? Unemployment also brings with it tax problems. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that Uncle Sam issues a clean health certificate to your IRS records.
If you have intentionally or accidentally omitted taxable income – or have other tax problems – you may be charged with tax fraud, which is likely to affect your employment prospects. With a company doing a background check on you, you can rest assured that tax issues will crop up. You will understandably be reluctant to hire someone with this red flag.
2. Share all employee compensation records.
Employers do not respond positively to employee claims for damages, but they respond even less positively when this information is intentionally omitted from the interview process.
In all fairness, it often doesn’t reflect well on an applicant to have received this type of compensation. Expect the interview to have lots of questions about why you received compensation. Details should be disclosed openly to reassure the interviewer. You would like to submit a statement that is as accurate as possible and invite you in confidence to contact the employer concerned. If the employer concerned has disputed your claim, you should expect it too.
3. Don’t beautify. Keep your story consistent with background checks.
If you lie about your education, career history, or the details of your accomplishments, they’ll show up in your background check. If your previous jobs and / or education were embellished or not completely honest, this will be revealed. You can rely on it.
Even if you accidentally screwed up some data, it will raise suspicion. Make sure all the information on your resume is 100% correct. You’ll be quite upset when a background check comes back and the company has reason to believe you weren’t quite ready. In addition, word of dishonest job seekers is spreading quickly.
4. If you have a criminal record, be transparent about it.
All details of a criminal record will be revealed during a background check. If you’ve been to jail or even have an offense on your file, it’ll show up. That is why it is always better to be open, transparent and honest.
If possible, have these incidents removed from your record. However, if you are not allowed to erase a past crime, be honest when applying for a job.
If you tell an interviewer during the application process that you have something on your criminal record, they will at least appreciate the honesty. Still, depending on the type of offense and the position you are applying for, it may have an impact on your eligibility. However, it will always be better to be honest. The company may have other vacancies that are not problematic about your previous offense.
5. Be open about previous names (if any) and places you’ve lived.
Background checks automatically provide the employer with information about previous names and addresses. If you have changed your name for any reason, be sure to let them know about the previous name in advance. Don’t wait for you to find out for yourself. Name changes aren’t necessarily a red flag.
However, if your background check reveals a name change that you didn’t mention, the company is likely to get suspicious. They’ll want to know why you changed it and (more importantly) why you didn’t tell them. Transparency is always your best bet, especially when you have nothing to hide.
A background check not only provides a prospective employer with information about previous names, but also shows them your current address and any other previous addresses. If your potential employer expects you to live in a certain area and you don’t live there, it will likely cost you the job.
6. Make sure you have any required licenses, certifications, or references.
Even a cursory background check can give a future employer information about licenses, certifications and references today. The increased connectivity of these records is another reason to be completely honest. Make sure you actually hold up the licenses or certifications you claim to have. If any of them have expired for any reason, be sure to point them out before the background check.
All of your references should be current and easily verifiable. Whoever you listed should have the courtesy of knowing that you are conducting interviews and using their name. If even one of your references is sketchy, assume that your prospective employer will will pick that out. You will find out if you worked for the person or were colleagues with them. You should not adorn references in any way.
Many people are surprised – some uncomfortable – to learn that a background check now includes information on licenses, certifications, and references. Avoid future obstacles in the interview process with a radical commitment to complete transparency. Easy-to-verify credentials will outperform impressive resume elements that prove less accurate each time.
7. Even a bad driving record will show up in background checks!
A bad driving record cannot affect your suitability for a job. However, it is another window into your character and integrity. This will especially be the case if you don’t elaborate on it.
This factor is of course especially relevant if you are applying for a job that operates a vehicle or other equipment. Driving records contain tickets, accidents, and more information than most people believe. The good news is that you can delete a lot of these details from your driving report. You may want to do this before diving into the interview process.
Forward in the coming year
If you are looking for a new job, you should focus on transparency in the coming year. Everyone has been through a lot. The last thing employers want to deal with is deception.
Take another look at your resume and references for full integrity. This is true regardless of whether you have a criminal record, poor driving license, job gaps, average educational history, expired professional licenses, or no impressive credentials. As the competition in job applications increases, more companies will use background checks to narrow down the number of applicants and potential candidates. Be ready!
With a little luck, the end of the pandemic is near. Many of us have to return to work personally. If you are afraid of background checks and what they will reveal to an employer, do your best to prevent it from happening before you apply for jobs.
With Millions of people back to work and companies in need of people, it is necessary to look good when it comes to applications, Job interviews, and employment. Honesty goes far this year.