Its a new age requiring background checks

Its a New Age Requiring Background Checks

Employers no longer take job applications on face value. They are turning to doing public criminal record checks and various types of background check on new employees. Even existing employees are being checking to see if their degrees and qualifications are legitimate.

Working With Children

Because children are so vulnerable, anyone that will be working with them in any capacity will probably be subject to a background check that includes any public criminal records. You could be excluded from being employed working with children even though your criminal action was not against a child. Anyone that would commit assault or any such personal crime may be seen as a danger to someone that is powerless against them. If you have a record for drink driving, any convictione would prevent you from working with children; if your potential employer thinks that you have a problem with alcohol consumption, this can be dangerous. If you are going to be working with children as a school bus driver, driving instructor, or teacher at a school or day care center, these types of charges on the public records would be problematic. Any type of job that involves children will make you more prone to scrutiny.

Working With Money

When considering a check of public criminal records for a potential employer, companies consider those who may be working regularly with money. Those who handle cash could be cashiers, tellers at the bank, those working at a casino or anyone that handles cash for the business. But actual cash is not the only concern. Anyone with access to anyone else’s financial records or to the company accounts can also be run through these public criminal records. Even a secretary with access to the department’s checkbook can be checked out thoroughly in this regard. A clerk that processes orders from customers by entering their credit card, or anyone in the accounting department might also. Even someone working in their own church or religious group that may handle donations and contributions may also be subjected to a search of their public criminal records!

And it may not be actual crimes of theft that keep you from these types of jobs. Anything that may make your employer think that you are irresponsible or not trustworthy can get in the way of such positions. An employer may have certain things that they are looking for in public criminal records, but virtually anything can be considered a major warning sign to them.

Other Areas of Concern

There are many types of employers that will make a habit of checking public criminal records, such as those who hire anyone that will work inside a private home (housekeepers, landscapers, contractors of any type, remodeling crews, and so on), limousine or taxi companies, security personnel, and so on. Anyone working with the elderly or in hospitals is also going to be under scrutiny, since the ones they will be working with are especially vulnerable to physical attacks, scams, and the like.

There may also be some companies that just make a habit of searching through public criminal records for all potential new hires, regardless of their position or responsibilities. In this day and age where lawsuits against companies abound, many employers feel that a policy of checking public criminal records across the board can cut down their liability for such things.

Anything that shows up on your public criminal records or background checks could prevent you from finding employment. Your employer may consider the slightest sign of dishonesty as a warning sign even if its a charge of petty theft. Sometimes anything on your public criminal record, even just unpaid parking tickets, can keep you out of the running for that job. So do yourself a favor and keep yourself out of trouble! It is harmful to yourself and others when your behaviour causes you to get convicted of a crime and then have a criminal record against you.

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