Resume Verifications

3 Keys to Successful Resume Verification

Verification of Employment

You already know that resume verification is an important part of a candidate’s background check, but perhaps you’ve never wondered why certain information is required from the candidate to achieve success. And more specifically, how does a background screening company use this information to complete an employment verification? Knowing why you’re requesting this information will give you a better understanding of the “big picture” of employment background checks.

Both the applicant release form and employment verification form (usually included on a job application or separate background screening questionnaire), whether in electronic or paper form, have the potential to provide information that is particularly helpful for completing the background check and ultimately, helps you make smarter hiring decisions. However, information provided by candidates can also hinder the verification process when it’s incomplete or incorrect.

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Employers Rank Resume Lies Sure to Tank Your Employment Prospects

Trends in Employment Background Checks

For the sixth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ surveyed U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employee background checks. As with our previous surveys, the 2015 survey was designed to provide a reliable snapshot of:

    How employers currently utilize background checks. How they respond to adverse findings on background checks. Their paramount screening-related concerns. And their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and evolving ban the box legislation.

Today, I’d like to share our findings on the types of resume discrepancies, be it for past employment or education, that give employers pause for concern.

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When Your Job Candidate Asks About the Background Check

Background Screening Questions

Most job candidates will have many questions for an employer throughout the hiring process—including questions about the employment background check. Do you have the answers?

Ultimately, knowing these answers benefits you, your company and candidates. Being transparent throughout the hiring process as a whole, and especially during the background screening process greatly affects your candidate experience. The following are questions that you should be prepared to answer about your background checks.

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3 Background Screening Practices to Prevent Casino Employee Theft

Casino employee theft

Is your business being sabotaged by its own employees?

For many employers in the gaming industry, the answer to this question may be a surprising one. Research shows that almost half of all losses in casinos is due to employee theft. In casinos, theft can happen in many different places, from the cashier cage to the vault rooms to the casino floor.

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3 Myths About Resume Verification


Hiring managers review a potential employee’s resume for a variety of reasons. From exploring their job skills, to analyzing experience to getting a good idea of educational history. You might not question whether the information is accurate or deem it necessary to contact every past employer for verification. However, there are a few resume verification myths you may have heard that we’d like to dispel. (more…)

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5 Real-Life Lessons About Resume Fraud


If you want to make sure you’re hiring the most qualified job candidate, with the most potential for a position, it’s without a doubt that you should thoroughly vet that person. While it’s necessary to ensure your job candidate has the right skills and experience, only a resume verification can confirm whether or not they’ve been fully transparent on their resume. If you’re looking for reasons you should be conducting resume verifications for your candidates, look no further than these five infamous resume fraudsters. (more…)

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8 Background Screening Lessons You Learned in Kindergarten


In one sense, your company’s hire strategy is complex and meticulous. You draft a comprehensive job description, thoroughly analyze resumes, and conduct in-depth interviews to ensure you hire the right person for the position. On the other hand, some aspects of the hiring process are so simple that a child could provide some insight. Surprisingly, you may have learned more in kindergarten than you knew that can be applicable to the employment background screening process. Take a look at how you can apply these eight lessons from kindergarten to your screening program. (more…)

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What Freud Can Teach Us About Resume Fraud


The psychological teachings of Sigmund Freud might not be the first to come to mind as a guide for hiring new employees, but some of his theories about the elements of the personality can be applicable when conducting resume verifications.

Freud’s views hold that the “id” is responsible for instinctive behavior, the “ego” reins in the “id,” and the “superego” consists of our morals. Job seekers tend to be impulsive when preparing their resumes, so consider Freud’s teachings to understand what candidates are going through when they apply for a job with your company.

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The Federal Trade Commission Takes Down Diploma Mills


The World Wide Web just got a little bit safer for consumers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shut down two bad actors running Florida-based diploma mills. Maria Garcia and Alexander Wolfram and IDM Services, LLC, conducting business as “Jefferson High School Online” and “Enterprise High School Online,” have entered into a settlement with the FTC for payment of 11.1 million dollars. In addition, they are now banned from marketing and selling academic degrees. This settlement is the end result of charges filed in September of last year by the FTC in a U.S. district court in Florida. Settlement payments have been partially suspended based on the Defendant’s inability to pay. (more…)

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The Unemployment Discrimination Problem: D.C. Fights for Long-Term Unemployed


When graduating from college a little over three years ago, I knew it wouldn’t be an easy road as I searched for a full-time job. For the first few months, I worked several part-time jobs before finding a full-time position with EmployeeScreenIQ. While I was never without a job, I can imagine the stress and fear millions of Americans have experienced who have been unemployed for months—with no end in sight. As many have struggled to find work since the recession, it has become widely recognized that unemployment discrimination is a major issue in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2.95 million have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. However, the unemployment rate has dropped from 2.5% to 1.9% since December, meaning progress has been made—but there’s still work to be done. With the White House, over 300 companies announced they’re adopting best practices for recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed.

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