Background Screening Blog

National Criminal Database Search: Top Search of Potential Records Nationwide

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 26, 2021 1:51:12 PM
Big data’s homing signal is strong. Faster, more accurate background screening demands better sources of digital records. Growing criminal history information sources are wrapped up in electronic databases. Some may want to find a single source of data for criminal history background checks. And why wouldn’t they? The problem: there is no all-inclusive or government-mandated source of all criminal records in the United States. One potential solution is to layer criminal history searches: county, state and federal criminal searches. What’s another way to expand your criminal search?

Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search

The Rise of Rechecks: Screening Returning Workers & Current Employees

Posted by Verified Credentials on Feb 8, 2021 2:10:09 PM
You’ve screened them before, but do you need to get caught up on current history and records? Maybe you are welcoming back employees. Or you’re working through annual rechecks of specific roles. These scenarios may call for a recheck rather than a full pre-employment background check. If you are thinking about adding rescreening to your strategy, you certainly aren’t alone.

Topics: Employment Background Checks, Recurring Screening

Background Screening Strategy for the Changing Landscape of Contingent Workers

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 15, 2021 3:32:01 PM
Your strategic workforce likely includes traditional workers, your full-time and part-time staff. It may also include alternative workers, also known as contingent, temporary, or gig workers. If you are hiring to help with skills gaps, you may need to partner with a staffing supplier to find candidates faster. For some of you, this may not be a comfortable territory. But like many employment trends that sprung out of the past several months, you’ve adapted quickly. With this shift to include contingent workers, you may have questions about how a staffing agency uses background checks.

Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Background Check Packages, Company Culture, Reference Checks

7 Ways to Refresh Your Background Screening Strategy

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 16, 2020 3:43:47 PM
Not sure if your background screening strategy matches the way you do business? After a year of considerable changes, you may be evaluating your hiring process. Maybe you inherited a background screening program that feels outdated. Maybe your candidates expect a different experience than what they’re getting. And, of course, digital hiring creates more demand for streamlined workflows. Opportunity for more efficiency is nearly always possible!

Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Background Check Packages, Background Check Scope, Bulk Background Checks

Screening for Experience & Skills: How the Manufacturing Sector Keeps Shelves Stocked

Posted by Verified Credentials on Oct 30, 2020 2:23:55 PM
  Consumer demands impact what stores and sites keep stocked on the shelves. Producers of toilet paper, packaged food, and cars work double-time to avoid low inventories. What's consumers need in 2020 is different. U.S. manufacturers mobilized to create new equipment and increase supply. So how do the companies keep their assembly lines moving? It's all about their skilled workforce.

Topics: Employment Background Checks, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications, Manufacturing Industry

Screening to Prepare for Healthcare Industry Surges

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 14, 2020 8:17:13 AM
Hiring in healthcare is a unique challenge. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that an aging population will increase the demand for skilled workers in the coming years. They predict industry growth of 15% by 2029. It would be a growth rate that surpasses the average of all sectors and one that could result in a workforce shortage.

Topics: Employment Background Checks, Healthcare Industry

Tag! Employment Reference Checks Are It

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 1, 2020 3:49:41 PM
Employment reference checks are one of those background check anomalies. Employers trust many searches and verifications in the hands of a background screening company. Reference checks, oddly enough, are one of the least likely to be outsourced to a partner. Why might that be?

Topics: Employment Background Checks, Reference Checks

Hiring with Limited Resources: How an Applicant Tracking System Helps

Posted by Verified Credentials on Aug 21, 2020 11:07:28 AM
Do we become more creative with limited resources? A sign of true efficiency is the ability to do more with less. Maybe you need to keep pace with hiring waves. Others in human resources may have their sights set on automating more hiring tasks. Right now, some may be hiring with less staff to get it done. Those constraints may force you to get creative with your hiring workflows.

Topics: ATS Integration, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Technology, Company Culture

Background Check Search Scope 101: The 4 Basic Factors

Posted by Verified Credentials on Aug 12, 2020 3:40:41 PM
The information reported from a background check – and how it is found – is not always obvious. Numerous settings define how far and wide different background checks search. Those elements offer a path to the specific data you need. How you use these elements can result in a superficial scan of relevant records, or a more comprehensive look into a candidate’s history. There is widespread confusion about how exactly to identify where scope of a background check can be audited and better defined for an improved background check. A commonly used problem-solving tool can provide a great roadmap to see where to manage search scope.

Topics: Employment Background Checks, ID Trace, Background Check Scope

Do More with Less: 7 Ways to Automate Hiring and Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 10, 2020 1:13:16 PM
Hiring volumes shift up and down, and sometimes in the upswing, you are left working with fewer resources. It might seem like maintaining your high standards is impossible when your average resources per candidate go down. Still, there are smart ways you can stabilize your hiring experience when you are feeling a pinch. Let’s take a look at seven principles you might apply when you need to do more with less.

Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Technology