(SPONSORED) Since we live in the era of technology, our private information becomes more and more public. In fact, many employers decide to examine their possible employees by doing background checks. Studies show that almost one-third of the employers do that, and this is something that can worry us.
Background checks can be at times too invasive. You should know that an employer usually looks at your normal background, as well as credit, work history and criminal history.
What are your rights?
Sometimes the employers might use certain things that they have discovered during their background check in order to reject your application. However, there are some things that they are not allowed to hold against you. In order to learn your rights, you will need to know the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Check your resume
Background check will analyze your resume before anything else. That is why you have to make sure that all the information there is completely accurate. You do not want have any false details, as they will be considered lies.
Even if you feel tempted to change some of the information there in order to make it more appealing, you should refrain yourself from doing this. This is something that you should avoid even when it comes to your education. Don’t try to display a different major degree, because your employers will notice.
Checking your credit
In order to see how your credit looks like for your employer you should take a look at it yourself. You can do that with the help of TransUnion, Equifax or Experian, as they all offer you free self-checks once a year. Nonetheless, there are also fake sites that will ask you for a fee in order to check your credit. Avoid them at all costs.
There are certain mistakes that can make your credit look bad, and this is common especially for young people. However, you should take responsibility for your actions, and if your employer questions you about your credit you should explain the situation.
Check your background
Even if you are sure that you have a clear background you should still check it. That is because there are criminals for which identity theft is something common. You have to be certain that you were not a victim. In some cases, you might have a criminal record, without knowing it. If something like this happens to you, try to fix these mistakes.
In a resume it is not unusual to “forget” to mention certain small jobs. If a job lasts for less than 3 months, you might be tempted to avoid mentioning it. However, a background check might display all these jobs. That is why it is important to mention them yourself during the interview. This is a way to prove that you are saying the truth and you do not have anything to hide. It might be easier to explain this during an interview and you can make your employer understand your intentions.