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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Tips to Streamline Your Hiring Process

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 23, 2019 11:27:42 AM
Work smarter, not harder. We’ve all heard the phrase and it’s certainly a great goal, but how do you actually do it? Well, if you’re an HR professional, working smarter means finding new ways to streamline your hiring activities, including pre-employment background checks. By automating portions of your screening process, you can: Save time Reduce errors and gaps of information Devote more energy to your other responsibilities 
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Topics: Background Checks, Efficiency, Report Scoring, Candidate Self-Service

Defining the Measure of Success: Verified Credentials Celebrates 35 Years in Background Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 15, 2019 8:00:00 PM
We’ve seen a lot in 35 years. The landscape of background screening has changed drastically: from when Verified Credentials was founded in a one-room office with a typewriter and two phones, to a powerful engine of information connected with people and technology we are today. The result has been an astonishing push into the future in a matter of years.
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Topics: Background Checks, Company News

5 Pre-Employment Screening Practices to Challenge in 2019

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 31, 2018 6:53:00 AM
As an HR professional, you’re tasked with making sure every new employee is the right fit for your company. You need to verify that candidates will meet your company’s standards, which is why you conduct background checks. You may even perform recurring checks periodically to confirm that the employee still aligns with your company’s standards. While searches and verifications in your background check packages may remain fairly constant, new ways to manage background check processes can lead to areas of improvement. When was the last time you reevaluated the quality of your pre-employment screening processes?
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Topics: Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Efficiency, Employment Verifications

Guide to Understanding the Sources of Sex Offender Background Checks [Infographic]

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 11, 2018 1:43:39 PM
Sex offenses are among the most serious crimes a background check can uncover. Recently, we have heard from some HR professionals who thought they are doing enough to find sex offender records with local and national criminal searches. In some instances, they expect a National Criminal Database Search, with all of its vast sources, to include all sex offender registries and sources. That is not always the case. With that misinformation in mind, a separate sex offender registry background check may seem redundant.
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Topics: Background Checks, National Sex Offender Registry, National Criminal Database Search

10 Tips to Survive Finding A New Background Screening Vendor

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 26, 2018 7:48:00 AM
With a new year approaching, you may be thinking about changing what may not be working, from recruiting strategies to outsourced human resource functions. When frustrations with your background screening process occur, it may leave you thinking, “There has to be a better way.” You want to identify a company that operates with transparency, invests time to build your relationship, and delivers the service and support needed for a successful process. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to sort through the different facts and features for an honest-to-goodness comparison. We’ve identified a few tips to help you size up your options if you’re looking for a new background screening company for 2019:
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Topics: Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications

Where Fingerprint Background Checks May Fall Short

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 13, 2018 8:13:59 AM
Watch any crime show on TV and you’re almost guaranteed to see people checking a crime scene for fingerprints. You’ll watch as they enter those fingerprints into some futuristic database and magically get an exact match including name, address and the suspect’s picture. But TV isn’t real life. While fingerprints can certainly help identify individuals, law enforcement fingerprint databases may not be the ideal screening option for every employer. So, when HR professionals choose to rely solely on state or FBI fingerprints for background screening, they might be missing out on critical information. Here’s how fingerprint background checks stack up against a comprehensive report from a reliable background screening company like Verified Credentials.
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Topics: Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search

How Companies Combat Resume Fraud with Smart Job History & Academic Verifications

Posted by Verified Credentials on Oct 17, 2018 1:44:11 PM
Resume fraud, or accidental mistakes in a candidate’s self-disclosed history are all too familiar in the workforce today. In fact, in the last year, we found discrepancies in nearly half of our employment verifications. With this issue being so widespread it’s no question that verifying the job and education histories of job candidates is something many organizations require before making a move to hire. So, some might ask,  “How can I improve my job history and academic verification process to combat resume fraud?” Verifications seem simple and straightforward. The goal is to confirm the information a candidate has listed on their resume or disclosed upfront for a pre-employment background check. But let's talk about three factors you may not have thought about: 1. Verification process – how can your screening company help you find as much information as possible? 2. What you verify – is date/title or highest degree enough? Take a look at how other employers expand verification criteria. 3. Sources matter – are your verifications confirmed by an authorized source?
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Topics: Background Checks, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications

Quick Guide: The Difference Between "National" and "Federal" in Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 26, 2018 12:00:09 PM
  I’m sure you know that background screening terminology, services, and technology can be a little confusing. Like many other HR professionals, you may be looking for a background screening company to educate you about what exactly you can expect in their background checks. For many reasons, including how screening services are named across the industry, questions can still remain. That’s not the only problem. You don’t want to wrongly identify what service will get you the background information needed.  We have seen some employers have difficulty deciphering labels for a few searches in particular, best summed up with a central question: What is the difference between the “national” criminal database and the “federal” criminal history search? In many other situations, it is completely reasonable to assume that the words “national” and “federal” are interchangeable. Think about it, “national” parks are on “federal” lands and the “Federal” Bureau of Investigations” deals with matters of “national” security. It quickly becomes clear how industry jargon and legal distinctions can confuse HR professionals when it comes time to build a background check package. Well, when it comes to background screening, “national” and “federal” are actually quite a bit different. Understanding the difference can be beneficial to your background screening process as the terms indicate different sources that return very different results. Keep reading below and we’ll tell you exactly how these types of searches differ. Mistaking one for the other is not an error you’ll want to risk.
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Topics: Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search

Speed and Timing Among Big Takeaways from National Study on Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 27, 2018 6:23:00 AM
  How are you measuring up to other employers when it comes to your background checks? A new report from HR.com, which was commissioned by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), may give you a glimpse inside 2018 trends. “How Human Resource Professionals View the Usage and Effectiveness of Background Screening Methods” highlights results from a survey of over 2,000 human resources professionals. The report goes to show that most employers conduct background checks in some way, shape, or form. The practice is generally accepted as universal, but what’s included and what’s the value?
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Topics: Background Checks, Efficiency, Recurring Screening

4 Simple Ways to Speed Up Turnaround Times & Get Better Results

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 5, 2018 4:00:33 PM
  I’m sure we all can agree that in this job market, speed and efficiency in hiring are EVERYTHING. There are a lot of tasks that need to be completed and a lot of ways for said tasks to draw out the entire process. We know one of the most frustrating things is when your candidate gets stuck in limbo while waiting for their background check to complete. But there are some really simple ways that you can help speed up the process and get better information at the same time. Capturing complete and accurate information from candidates up front can be the deciding factor on the quality of your background report and how fast you get those results. You might be surprised that with little effort, you can help your background check company deliver better information faster. And who doesn’t want to cut turnaround times and potentially find more criminal records?
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Topics: Background Checks, Efficiency