In a perfect employment situation for a former convict, a company looking at his application would conduct a background check first and then, if his past crimes are irrelevant to the job description, make a hire on his skills. Instead, a common although illegal practice is asking about criminal history upfront and then eliminating all…

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When it comes to Forbes, there are times the career advice is extremely on point, veering away from the typical revise-resume-build-a-network tripe. Other times, dated tips resurface, essentially misleading job seekers with suggestions that make human resources representatives’ eyes roll. But, recently, Forbes published a piece about employers conducting background checks, and the list, for…

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For many, regardless of occupation, background checks, and occasionally drug tests, are a stepping stone toward employment. Employers, particularly those hiring employees to interface with the public, may find that not thoroughly screening candidates results in a poor hiring decision: an aid with a criminal background, for instance, taking care of children or the elderly.…

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Isn’t the first step of obtaining employment sending out your resume? The first true step, however, is actually having a resume. And while an individual should take applying for a job one step at a time, make sure you connect the beginning with the end. And, in employment, this means thinking about your background check…

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Should you ever lie? What you lie about can be inconsequential or a career killer, according to a blog post on BNet.com. The inconsequential? Adding a few inches to your height on an online dating profile. Career killers? Being dishonest – even just fudging – job dates, titles, or positions. But, you might think to…

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Two weeks ago, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) put out a press release about a recent study conducted. NELP studied Craigslist ads in five major cities for companies of all sizes. What they found shows that employers of all sizes are essentially implementing blanket hiring procedures through criminal background checks, whether they realize it…

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