We have heard recently of the recession ending and jobs being created.  Unfortunately, this may not be the case.

As the Fed scrambles to figure out what needs to be done to create jobs, the many jobless continue to receive unemployment benefits, check job boards, receive an occasional interview and hope that at some point things can turn around.   With numbers continuing to be bleak and job growth projections moving from 3.3 percent to 2.9 percent, both companies and job seekers need to be wondering when and if things will improve.  With joblessness still continuing to plague the country, people have to make decisions with regards to homes, credit cards and other sources of debt in the period of “just getting by.”

For the HR professional, it’s valuable to identify the important things on a background check.  In times with so many struggling as joblessness continues, personal debt continues to rise.  It becomes the task of hiring manager to determine whether or not that debt found on a credit report will impact the job they are hiring for.

For a job seeker, this time of searching can be a time to make sure there is nothing negative that might be found in an employment screening, and if there is, take the opportunity to try to clear up anything that might be false or incorrect.  A background check can often times mean the difference between gaining a position and continuing to be unemployed.  It’s important for candidates to do their own due diligence to make sure the picture a prospective employer gains through an employment screening is the correct one.

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