Employment Background Checks

Written by Dina Kayed
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Knowing that many companies now conduct employment background checks when hiring new personnel leads some job seekers to conduct some enquiries of their own. How far back do investigations normally go? What kind of information might turn up? There are many reasons why an employee might want to know what an employer knows about them.

If you have reasons for not wanting your employer to know what you've done in the past, you have two options. Either you can go ahead and hope that the events you're trying to hide don't surface, or you can decide to be honest with your employer and hope that he or she will be understanding. Most employees would prefer that you do the latter. Though it's true that you run the risk of not being hired, if you are hired, you can be confident that you've truly earned a chance to prove yourself.

The Problem of Identity Theft

Sadly, the crime of identity theft is on the increase. Anyone who has been a victim of this crime may have to deal with crimes and character damage inflicted by another person. While it can be difficult to deal with a credit rating that's irreparably damaged, and blotches on your record, it is possible to exercise some damage control.

Honesty is always the best policy. While you can understand that some people will be skeptical about an identity theft story, it's important that you try to set the record straight. You can do this by gathering all the information you have and by having on hand any proof that this has happened to you. Records of your having reported your identity theft to relevant authorities and credit bureaus will help you in this regard. The California Department of Justice established a statewide database in September 2001 to provide certain information about identity theft crimes to victims and law enforcement agencies.

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