The Ultimate Guide To Background Checks

If you’re applying for a job after graduation or thinking of switching careers, a potential employer may request a background check during the hiring process. A background check should ensure that the information you provided on the employer’s application is accurate.

It also allows a potential employer to determine if you’re a good fit for the position and its company. Waiting until you’re in the middle of your job search to prepare for one is not the best idea. Knowing in advance all the information a potential employer might uncover can help you present your best self.

Prepare for a background check by doing as much detective work on yourself as possible. Start by requesting a copy of your credit report from one of the three major credit bureaus. Credit reports are often used to determine if an applicant can be considered responsible and financially stable.

Review your resume — be sure to spot any inaccuracies before the prospective employer catches them.

Run a background check on your criminal and driving records. Be aware of any red flags you may have such as a history of traffic violations. This can help prepare you for questions pertaining to your driving record — especially if the position for which you are applying requires a license.

Jobseekers should also review their social media profiles and posts for anything that may be deemed offensive. Conduct a thorough Internet search of your name and, if needed, clean up your online image by requesting the removal of unflattering information.

It’s imperative to be as accurate as possible when providing information to an employer, since it may withdraw a job offer if a discrepancy is found. For more tips on how to prepare for your next background check, see the accompanying guide.


Christian Moore is COO at Global Verification Network. He has more than 20 years of investigative and business experience with competencies including surveillance, competitive intelligence, pre-employment and course-of-employment background screening. 

Global Verification Network offers employment screening for big and small companies alike.







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14 Things Millennials Needs to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

Finding a new job is stressful no matter what situation you’re in, from being laid off to willingly leaving your current position. After submitting numerous applications, you finally receive your offer—but is it a good fit? Don’t just take the first offer you come across. Take your time to evaluate to make sure it’s the right career move for you.

Learning to evaluate a job offer correctly is the best way to keep you from looking for another job shortly after. Employers are also incentivized to find the right fit because hiring and training are expensive. Millennials are especially known for leaving jobs frequently, but it may not be for the reason you think.

Forty-three percent of millennials plan to leave their job within the next year so learning how to effectively evaluate a job offer may help ensure their new position is the right one. Salary is important but there are many other factors to consider before accepting or declining. Culture, commute and work-life balance are examples of things that may not be outlined in your offer letter. Continue reading

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4 Fantastic Financing and Forecasting Methods for Your Craft Business

Getting crafty will always be one of your hobbies and dream business ventures. When you actually managed to turn this into a reality you couldn’t believe your luck. Although it took a lot of hard work and perseverance you have managed to turn your passion for arts and crafts into a full-fledged company.

Whether you run it full-time or on the side along your day job, your craft business needs a lot of tender loving care. You have mastered the creative side of your job; that element is second nature to you. However, you need to get on top of the number crunching and planning. Here are a few pointers to help you along the way.

  1. Get on Top of Tax

Every business no matter how big or small needs to stay on top of their taxes. If you have never been great with numbers this can come as quite a shock, so you might want to consider hiring an accountant. Alternatively you should definitely look into MTD for VAT, which entails the government’s new Making Tax Digital scheme. Using approved accounting software you might soon have to store your financial records digitally. Check out the details and see if your business might need to get on board with this initiative. This will not only help you to keep track of your monthly earnings within your craft business, but it will also help you to forecast your future income. Continue reading

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Off Work After An Accident? Here’s What You Can Be Doing

If you are ever involved in an accident and badly injured, you will need to take a considerable length of time off work. This can be frustrating for a number of reasons. Not only will you fall behind on your work and could end up out of the office loop, you might also be off for so long that you are no longer eligible for statutory sick pay. That’s because your employee is only obliged to continue paying you a partial amount of your salary for a limited amount of time.

This could be a bad situation to end up in but, thankfully, there are a few things you will be able to do while off work with an injury to make things slightly better and more manageable. Read on to find out more!

Look After Yourself

First of all, you need to make sure that you look after yourself. Your health should be your number-one priority so that you can quickly get over your injury. Make sure you attend all your hospital appointments and listen closely to what your doctors and nurses tell you. It’s also essential that you carry on with all your courses of medicine until you have completed them in full. If you ever stop taking any medicine, then your recovery could end up going backwards and it’ll take you even longer to get back to work. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Industries with Job Availability

Are you thinking of having a career change, but you don’t know which industry will have the best job availability? We’ve made a list of the top 5 industries who are currently hiring so that you can make an informed decision on where to look. You’re bound to find a job in one of these industries, so take a look at what they offer and see if you fancy joining them.


In this new digital era where everything seems to be done online, the IT industry is booming. There is a big demand for IT experts in lots of areas, for example in technical support, programmers, web developers, computer systems analysts and network engineers. Take a look at these Security Information and Event Management tools by Tim Keary at Comparitech to see if dealing with challenges like cybersecurity could float your boat.


The manufacturing industry is a crucial part of our economy and will therefore always be a great place to find work. It supplies all of our consumer products and you could find yourself working with a variety of different materials. For example, food, textiles, fuel, minerals or electronics. There is something for everyone in this industry, whether you’d enjoy working in a factory or in a management position. Continue reading

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Develop Your Skills To Have Greater Career Satisfaction

Our careers can have a tendency to guide our happiness. You might tell yourself that you won’t let your life be dictated by the office, but when hometime rolls around and you’re still working on a report that mantra goes out of the window. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You have a right to explore opportunities that give you a greater work-life balance and a happier mental state. So, let’s take a look at some the options open to you if you want to improve your career outlook or you’re just in need of a change.


The first place for a lot of us to start is with education. You might already have qualifications and or you might not, that isn’t necessarily the point here. The aim when it comes to changing your career for the better is to look forward, not backwards. That means you should be projecting into the future what you want to get out of your working life and figure out what education that requires you to have. Continue reading

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Great Hires Are Possible

You’ve grown your business even more than you thought possible and you need to consider taking on extra help. But that’s about as far you’ve got, just considering. Why? Because let’s face it the thought of advertising, interviewing and hiring is a daunting process. This is made even harder, of course, if you are a solopreneur and don’t have much in the way of experience when it comes to the matter of Human Resources.

But it can be done and by following a logical process it is entirely possible to make a great hire without too much drama or even effort. In this article, we take a look at the steps needed to kick-start your recruitment drive.

Before anything else…

Take a deep breath and create two documents: your person specification and your job description. These two things offer you two very different criteria. With your person specification, you’ll need to think very carefully about who is going to make a great fit into your team. Are you looking for someone who will follow your instruction to the letter and has an eye for detail or are you hoping that your candidate will be able to work on their own with little in the way of guidance? Continue reading

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