Self Background Checks Expected to Trend in 2012

By Michael Klazema on 1/23/2012

If you have applied for a job, certain licenses or applied to rent a home or apartment, you have probably had to go through a background check. Depending on the nature of the request, a background check will search everything from civil and criminal records, verifications of licenses, a check of your credit score, motor vehicle history and even call and check references you have provided for yourself. With so much competition in the job market and so many people going for the same positions, employers are using background checks more than they ever did before. They can afford to be selective at this time as they are often faced with tens if not hundreds of candidates to choose from. By doing these comprehensive background checks, they can ensure that they are only getting the best employees.

As a job seeker, arming yourself with the same information that an employer will have when determining if you are a good match for an open job position, can be crucial to landing the job. When you are forewarned with the information that employers can see, when they run a background check on you, you are in a better position to take care of any negative or incorrect information in your history before an employer is ever seeing it. For instance, it is very possible that there may be some incorrect information out there that has been attached to your name or social security number.  Just like you should check your credit report annually, you should make sure your criminal background record is correct as well.

If you have to go through a background check, and you probably will since 3 out of 4 employers are currently doing them on potential employees, it will be in your best interest to have a self background check completed. This is a very simple and fast process and by using companies like, you can do this all from the comfort of your home for one small fee. You will get access to criminal database records an employer might search, such as a national and state criminal background check and even driving record information. You can all of the previous mentioned information in one comprehensive job application check package from  Arming yourself with this information and fixing incorrect information before going into the interview can help you land the job.

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