When many of us begin our job searches, one of the first things we do is clean up our social networking profiles for distasteful pictures, foul language, and character-degrading information. We think this will be all it takes to safeguard our application against any past mistakes.
But don’t forget, employers are looking at more than just our online footprint when selecting job candidates for their job openings. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers and landlords are allowed to request consumer reports before hiring (or renting) you. So what do these reports include?
- Medical records
- Information, such as taxes and collections, from seven years ago or more (this doesn’t include criminal records!)
- Expunged convictions
That still leaves a lot of information in the hands of your employer! But according to the CBS News, the most common information looked for in background checks or similar consumer reports is education and licensing verification, credit history, employment verification, and criminal history.