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What the Job Seeker and Employer Should Know about a NJ Background Screening Company

Posted By: Leah Austin

In today’s world, a background screening is becoming the norm. Whether you are applying for a job, a current employee or the individual doing the hiring, it can be beneficial for you to know how background checks are conducted and how you can protect yourself.  Some companies are not only checking new employees but employees who have been with the company for a long period of time. With New Jersey ranking 11th in population in the United States, it is important to know who you are potentially hiring or have hired and find a NJ background screening company that offers a variety of services to accommodate your needs. As an employee or job seeker, you can also help yourself by being knowledgeable about background checks.

Job Seeker

If you are looking for a job in New Jersey, you may be up against some stiff competition because of the population. Your background check knowledge can put you ahead of the competition. If you have received a background check before, check your previous reports. Based on federal law, you can obtain a copy of background checks that have been performed on you. You need to find out which company conducted the report and contact them directly. Make sure you know who is inquiring into your past. Be sure to check over the consent form for the listing of the background screening company. It is important to address any errors quickly. If you are turned down for a job because of something found in the report, the employer is required by law to tell you and provide you with the full report.

Employer

As an employer in New Jersey, you can stay on top of things by knowing what you will get from the NJ background screening company providing the service. You should be leery of websites that may offer an instant background check because these sites don’t always follow federal law and compliance laws. An advantage of a NJ background screening company is it is based in the same city and should be fully aware of New Jersey regulations. Many companies offer a variety of services. Some companies may only search for criminal history in the most recent counties in which an applicant lived. This leaves room for missed information.  A company may offer a low price, but the quality of the report may be poor, and it may not be in-depth. Research the screening company in-depth to find out if they are reputable before you choose to use them.

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