Do you have all the required skills and references for a job, but are not being hired for employment anywhere?
I recently read an article on such an incident by SYS-CON MEDIA, and was impressed with how simply a situation like this can be cleared up, but also how negatively it can affect your job hunt, especially in troubled economic times such as these.
Its about a person, Betty M, who was looking for a job, and had all the qualifications; a good education, resume, and references. Each time she went to one of the 20 or so interviews she’s been through, the interviewer seemed pleased with what she would be bringing to the table. Trouble was, when the dust had settled, NOBODY hired her.
Do you have that same problem?
Betty found the answer to her questions in a pre-Valentines day background check check on a guy she had met while attending an evening class at City College. She wanted to know if Jeffrey had any screwiness she needed to know about and used a new online service she had found called TrueScoop, run by FaceBook. Funny thing is, while dear Jeffrey checked out, she DID NOT.
What she did find is that “Another person named Betty M., with a birthday only weeks apart from her own, living in the same state (actually in the next town only 20 miles away), had a more than dubious career in forgery, DUI, and petty theft.”
This was most definitely a shocker for her, and afterwards she took steps to correct the problem by putting her birthday and middle name on her resume. So, while she still doesn’t have a job, a company she really likes is doing a background check on her and she hopes it passes. If they do a backgrournd check through the proper legal channels she will most certainly pass.
While this feature http://apps.facebook.com/truescoop/ (broken as of 11/20/2013) does provide free stalking on people, including yourself, it may not always be accurate, as you can see above. The legal technicalities in such a case are much harder to sort and you can’t exactly prove your prospective employer did do a search. This is happening more as employers use social sites for doing such checks. It circumvents the legal hassle of conducting an employment background check, but may unknowingly put you in a position that is difficult to get out of.
One course of action is to use the Facebook app, and you could also use USSearch to do a personal search on yourself to see what will turn up. Depending on where you have lived, this won’t find what employers will see, but can certainly help with making sure you’re not caught totally by surprise.
Categories: Personal Background Check