Job candidates are always encouraged to run a background check on themselves, mostly as a way to have their information pre-verified.  This helps to give peace of mind and/or make sure they understand what types of information employers might, or might not, find when they conduct their own pre-employment screening. 

A new service being offered by some companies directly to applicants is that of pre-verifying the information provided on a resume.  Information such as job history, education can be presented right alongside the pre-checked criminal history to an employer in a pre-verified format. 

For a job seeker, this type of pre-verification model seems to make sense.  Through this type of process, they can find out what a previous employer might say about them, or verify that a school has the accurate information that they are presenting on their resume.  Also, walking into a prospective employer with a resume that has been “pre-verified” by a company seems like it would be a good start to showing that the applicant has done their due diligence by presenting an authenticated document and are prepared to be ahead of the curve. 

For the employer, skepticism might abound and chances are, they will run their own background check through their own company.  One of the biggest issues, as noted by Chris Dyer, CEO of PeopleG2 in a recent article published by BenefitsPro, is that “employers are skeptical of pre-verified resumes because it is widely known that they can be forged.”

Unfortunately, with the number of companies that are available to job applicants to help falsify resumes, the same type of services could be offered to mark a resume as pre-verified.  It’s difficult to believe that a company would take a pre-verified resume at face value and trust that all information is true and correct. 

While it definitely seems to be important to know what is on your personal background check before stepping into an interview, the best course of action for a candidate is to simply be honest on their resume about their background.  Walking into an interview, a candidate knows that there is a high probability of a background check.  Having a pre-verified resume might be a good tool for a candidate to know what an employer might say about them, but a company will still do its due diligence to ensure all information is verified. 

For a complete article on this topic, click here: “Pre-verified resumes raise hopes, doubts.”

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