Screening Agencies Remind Businesses to Check Their Summer Hires

By Michael Klazema on 5/25/2012

When summer comes around, many young adults seek employment to fill their summers and save money for college that will start up again in the fall.  This leads to a huge amount of applications being processed by companies who hire extra workers during the summer season.  Because most of these jobs are temporary and because they have so many applications to process, businesses tend to slacken their vetting processes, which isn’t necessarily a good idea.  Although it can save them time during the hiring process, it can also stick their business with less than reputable young employees who could tarnish their reputation or even commit crimes against them.  Is this rush to hire temporary workers really worth the risk?  Screening agencies like are saying no and are listing some very compelling reasons.

In a 2011 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 22 million people applied for summer work in the youth demographic alone.  This year, because unemployment is still high, that number is likely to climb, which should give businesses their choice of the best possible employees.  If they aren’t using thorough screening processes though, they may not be getting the kind of employee they thought they hired.  Even volunteer positions increase during the summer, as people look for experience or a positive outlet to spend their free time.  Just because these people aren’t being paid for their work, doesn’t mean the organization they are working through isn’t liable for their behavior though.  This is even more so true when it comes to business like summer camps who have employees and volunteers who work with children.  Each individual who will have contact with a child should be thoroughly background checked in order to prevent any potential negligent hiring suits should there be any suspicious activity.  These suits can end up costing businesses millions and tarnish their reputation.

They can save themselves a lot of hassle by making sure they know as much as possible about the people they are hiring or putting to work in both their volunteer and paid forces.  Although a background check can’t prevent crime, it can give employers insight into patterns of behavior in their potential hires.  When they use an organization like, they can find out about past convictions from any state by looking at information from national databases like US OneSEARCH.  If their employees or volunteers will be driving on the job, can check their driving record to make sure they are safe, responsible drivers.  Companies will also have the ability to get information from reference checks and education verification to make sure résumés actually match the past of their new hires. can create custom packages to meet summer budgets and can get information from many of their databases instantly, which will help companies speed up their summer hiring processes without decreasing their standards.  When it comes to the reputation of a company, this kind of extra checking is certainly worth it.

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