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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Information of Self Background Checks

Before any employer will hire you they will do an employment screening report, essentially a background investigation, on you, in which you’ll be checked for criminal records, bankruptcies, judgments, tax liens, etc., and your college degree and past employment will be verified.

With the self-background check you offer the employer reassurance that, when they conduct their background investigation on you, there will not any surprises. It’s as simple as that, and it works.

The employer wants to be sure you are who you say you are, you have no criminal record (at least no felonies), you have the degree you claim, and you held the positions you say you did. All that’s pretty reasonable, especially since – according to some studies – as many as a third of white-collar applicants lie about their qualifications on their resumes or job applications.

Doing a self background check, or as it’s more often called, a self-check employment screening report, can indeed reassure the employer that, if they decide to hire you, there won’t be any surprises when they check you out. (Most employers use employment screening firms, such as HireRight.com, to handle all their background checks; few do this work inhouse.)

This is not a small matter. If a company makes a candidate an offer, then has to retract it because something negative crops up in his/her employment screening report, the company has wasted time and money, plus now has a potential lawsuit on their hands for having taken an “adverse action” against a job candidate (such suits are not at all rare).

So let’s say you’re a hiring manager and you are considering two applicants – equally qualified – for a job opening, one of which has included a self-check employment screening report (self-background check) along with his/her resume. Which will you choose? Chances are, you’ll lean toward the latter candidate. It’s just human nature to take the safer route.

But there’s yet another important reason to have a self background check done. What if employment screening companies are reporting wrong information about you? For example, what if they’re reporting that you have a criminal record when you don’t? Or that you’ve been through a bankruptcy when you haven’t?

Something like this can and does happen. And you’ll probably never find out unless you do a self background check report on yourself.

So how do you go about getting one of these reports? Well, there are hundreds of background-investigation companies online clamoring for your business. You can just pick one and pay the fee. However this is not the best idea because you’re not really looking for a garden-variety background check. You’re looking for an employment screening report, one which comes from a reputable employment screening company, which you can attach to your resume.

An employment screening report differs from a straight background check in several ways, for example, the former contains verifications – specifically, of your college degree and of your past employment. Straight background checks don’t contain this type of information.

So you need to find a reputable employment screening company – not just a background check company – to do your report for you. This is a bit harder. Most employment screening companies do not want to do self background check type employment screening reports. They are set up to work for employers, not for jobseeking individuals, and they like volume orders, not single orders. Most will turn down your request for a self-background check.

However there are a few smaller employment screening companies which will do your self-background check for you – some, of course, will do a better job than others.

Note that most of these companies will not send you a printed report. They will send you a URL address and password with which to access your report online. Then, when you submit your resume, you can inform your potential employer you have had a self-background check done, and you can supply the URL and password or offer to provide them upon request. Alternatively, you can simply print out the background report and attach it to your resume. Personally, I would use the latter method, simply because it’s more likely to have an impact.

All about Instant Resume

1. No cover letter attached

This is not a good start to any job application. Failing to include a cover letter instantly means that you have failed to put in that extra 10 minutes of effort, and this is never a good thing. A lot of recruiters delete their first round of applicants simply because they have not included a cover letter.

2. Applying for the wrong job

It happens all the time – candidates get so caught up in applying to as many jobs as possible that they accidentally send their resume sand cover letters to the wrong people. When a recruiter sees that a cover letter has been accidentally addressed to the wrong company, it will get tossed immediately.

3. A bad picture on a resume (especially an inappropriate one)

It’s true that different resume standards apply to different countries. That being said, some countries are more accepting (and encouraging) of pictures on resumes than others, however please stick to professional-looking photos only – you are applying for a job after all. There is no need to include a picture of yourself posing in a tank top or drinking with friends. Better to stick to no picture at all.

4. Providing little to no details about your work experience

Employers want you to be as specific as possible with regards to your qualifications, and therefore you should provide an adequate amount of information. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people list their job titles ONLY under “work experience”, and that will just not cut it. Once an employer sees that you’ve provided little to no detail on your experience, they will immediately delete your resume.

Tips Make HR Manager Resume Grab Attention

The fundamentals to emerge with a resume intended getting a chief HR position is to mull over the style, template, content, organization and manifestation of it.

A few guidelines that would help you to craft a resume for an HR Manager may include following- As per experts, the candidate must ascertain to make a balance between the goals of meeting the requirements of the company and the demonstration of his own credentials. In any case, acting in response to your employer’s needs and simultaneously putting your credentials on prime is more or less a prominent aspect of any job application.

Deliberate the following areas to scan yourself as an HR Manager, which may help you indeed in understanding your profile and enumerating your achievements:
o Instigation or improvement of any HR policy or process
o Any noteworthy development in employee satisfaction or retention
o Role in enhancing work spirits of the employee
o Role in commencing effective employee benefit plans
o Key contribution in building efficient strategies for vetting and hiring
o Your role in introducing any HR procedures that boosted proficiency
o Your input in training fresh and existing employees
o Involvement in organizational expansion initiatives
o Active participation in headship actions

Styles For Resume Writing

Selection of the most appropriate style depends on your experience and the type of job applied for. Two most popular styles are Chronological and Functional resumes. Let’s discuss their salient features.

1. Chronological resume: It is most familiar and popular style. In chronological resume, work experience is listed in reverse chronological order, i.e. giving your latest job experience first. It contains short description about each job you held. You should start your resume, giving essential information about your candidature in the following sequence:
a) Your contact information, with your name, mailing address, telephone/cell phone number and e-mail address. Contact information should be correctly written, to enable the interviewer contact you when required.
b) Job objective: You should give a small description about how you consider yourself suitable for the post applied for.
c) Experience: Clear indication of different positions you held in your service career, in chronological order starting with your latest job details. Give name of employer, short description of the position held and the dates of joining and leaving the job.
d) Qualification: List different examinations passed and degrees obtained. Mention each qualification with name of college/university, year, degree/percentage of marks secured and special achievement, if any. Mention if you possess any additional skill to support your candidature for the post applied for.
e) References: Although it is not essentially required information, it can help making your resume more impressive.

2. Functional resume: This style of resume writing emphasizes on the skills and major accomplishments of the applicant. In a functional resume, you don’t list your work experience in chronological order. Here you focus highlighting your strength, your skills and major achievements. You mention about your specialization in a particular field like software development, sales, management or administration. This helps your potential employer to decide quickly if you are a suitable candidate he is looking for. You mention your job experience at the end of the resume, in a simple way, without much emphasis on each position you held.

Main objective of a functional resume is to invite attention of your employer to your major skills and areas of special accomplishments. This style is helpful to those who don’t have consistent job history or who frequently keep changing jobs. This may also be useful for persons with less or no job experience. Its main disadvantage is it lacks enough details about your work experience.