Reports on How and Why Background Screenings are Used in Today’s Job Market

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Background screenings are just one part of the hiring process used to help ensure the right candidates are hired for any position. In this week’s feature story, speaks with industry veteran Karen Jacobsen to educate its career-minded audience on the growing practice.

In today’s job market, particularly when searching for mid-level and senior positions, there is often tremendous competition for sought after jobs from favored employers. Knowing the market is competitive; jobseekers may be reticent to ask technical questions about the job seeking process. One part of the job application process has to do with employers checking the facts that an applicant has given in a written application, an online application or through the resume process.

In the website's feature story this week, the practice of fact-checking or “background screening,” as it is known in the field, is explored. Some employers perform simple fact checking on their own, such as checking with a Trade School or University on an applicant’s final degrees or graduation dates. Other employers, particularly those that do a great deal of hiring either due to business growth or employee turnover, often turn to third-party companies who provide the background screenings as a paid service.

As part of its mission to educate career-minded food and beverage industry professionals about job opportunities and the application process, spoke with a veteran of the background screening business, Karen Jacobsen. Ms. Jacobsen is President of Data Access, Inc. (dba “DataScreening”)    In addition to the hows and whys of background screenings, Ms. Jacobsen shares her knowledge of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which dictates some of the rules around background screenings.    

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