How To Conduct Your Own “Self Background Check”

I’ve provided a lot of valuable information in my blogs about the job search process, including a blog about Reference Checks and Background Checks. Go ahead and click on the link to be taken to the blog. You’ll find a lot of valuable information and resources that are a must have for every job seeker (and employer).

Today I’m excited to bring you something that I know you’re going to want to take advantage of. Did you know that you can do your own FREE background check? YES, you can!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a free background check service called “Self Check.” I talk a lot about preparation! Well, this is another great way to prepare. Anyone engaged in a job search should take advantage of this tool. Doesn’t it make sense to have access to the same information that potential employers will see? If you know what’s in your report, you won’t be faced with surprises and possible disappointment.

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What is potentially included in a background check (many sources are public records)? Background checks aren’t just about criminal history. There’s a lot of information that can surface that has the potential to ruin your chances at your opportunity of choice.

•Driving records
•Vehicle registration
•Credit records
•Criminal records
•Social Security Number
•Education records
•Court records
•Workers’ compensation
•Bankruptcy
•Character references 
•Medical records
•Property ownership
•Military records
•State licensing records
•Drug test records
•Past employers
•Personal references
•Incarceration records
•Sex offender lists 

 

CONCLUSION: You’re not going to be able to erase your “accurate” history. That is not the goal here. The goal is to be prepared with the knowledge and information that any potential employer can access. If you are privy to the information, then you can plan your job search strategy and be ready to address any issues that may arise. 

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Do you have career or life questions?

If so, comment below and I’ll be happy to respond!

 

Thanks for sharing your time with me and reading my BLOG!

Warm regards…. Debra


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