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What Can Disqualify You on a Background Check?

Background checks provide valuable information for employers who are seeking details about a potential employer’s employment history, education, criminal record, credit history, etc., and there are several red flags that may disqualify an applicant. These include: a poor employment history; lying on a resume or providing a resume that contains inconsistencies; a criminal history; bad […]


Getting a Job with a Criminal Record Post COVID-19

Although the skyrocketing unemployment rates are expected to create a problem for those seeking work with a criminal record, there are a number of tools that applicants and employers can use to make rehiring a win-win situation. In Illinois, the best tool available for those with a criminal background involves clearing their background from the […]


Why It is a Bad Idea to Lie on your CV

A recent CV-Library survey revealed that 92.5 percent of United Kingdom adults have gotten away with lying on their CV and of the 1,000 workers polled, a third said they would be willing to lie about the dates of their previous employment. The most common reasons for this include looking more experienced, appearing more qualified […]


How to Succeed After Prison: Ignore the Pessimists

Jeremiah Bourgeois has spent time in prison and once said jail time “inoculates against feelings of relative deprivation and you forgo chasing pipe dreams.” But he is coming to find out that he was wrong. He has become optimistic after being released from his 27-year sentence even though he and his fiancée struggled to find […]


Failing a Drug Test Can Drastically Reduce Your Chances of Getting Hired, But Not Entirely

Although failing a pre-employment drug test reduces an applicant’s chance of getting hired, being tested a second time may be enough to be reconsidered. This will depend on the employer, type of job and government regulations. For instance, the federal government requires any company regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to not hire anyone […]


How a Misdemeanor Can Destroy Your Future and Career

Although misdemeanor convictions are not as serious as felony convictions, both can still negatively impact an individual’s job search. It is an employer’s legal right to ask about criminal records and retrieve criminal history reports for job applicants. But it is important for applicants to understand that they are not required to disclose past arrests […]


Does your criminal record clear after 7 years?

Once an individual has any sort of criminal record it may be difficult to get a job. Fortunately, after enough time certain convictions may not show up on your record. The following answers questions regarding if a criminal record will clear after seven years. What Shows Up on a Background Check? What shows up on a background […]


5 Common White Lies You Should Remove from Your Resume

According to Elaine Varelas, a managing partner at Keystone Partners, the goal of a resume is to present yourself in the best light while being honest. She urged job seekers to remove these five white lies that could be hard to back up: 1. Altering your job title, 2. Listing an unfinished college degree, 3. […]


How to Address Your Criminal Background in an Interview

It is estimated that about 30% of Americans have some form of criminal record, with just 40% having completed college. Although many states are “banning the box” that asks questions about criminal charges on employment applications, some form of this inquiry could still appear. But don’t be discouraged – there are still ways to increase […]


7 Ways to Help Your Candidates Provide Winning Reference Checks

More than 80% of hiring managers require references before making a job offer. And today, hiring managers are more likely to use reference feedback to differentiate between candidates and obtain critical insights rather than as a perfunctory last step before hiring. Here are some tips to help you manage the reference process wisely. Tip #1: […]




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