As the Olympics Approach, Torchbearers Undergo Extensive Background Checks

In a background check attempt of international proportions, the International Olympic Committee and the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games has decided to run background checks on the over 8000 participants who will be carrying torches for relay celebrating the upcoming 2012 Olympic games in London.

The torch bearers will be highly visible during the games and from all over the world as a way to promote solidarity and peace. Like going through a background check for employment purposes, each torch bearer will go through the verification of past employment, education and reference interviews. Since these volunteers will be interacting with hundreds or even thousands of others throughout the games, officials feel this is the best way to ensure safety.

Employers in the US certainly have the same idea when it comes to keeping their employees, clients and guests safe. In fact, in 2012 statistics already show that companies are expected to use more background checks than ever before. With the economy slowly improving, third party background check providers like will certainly be busy in the upcoming months and years as this hiring practice finds its place in modern business. Specific products like the US OneSEARCH offer the perfect solution for companies who perform background checks.

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Michael Klazema

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Michael Klazema is Chief Marketing Technologist at and has over two decades of experience in digital consulting, online product management, and technology innovation. He is the lead author and editor for Dallas-based with a focus on human resource and employment screening developments.


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