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5 Reasons to Conduct a SSN Trace Report

Since they were first created in 1936, more than 450 million social security numbers (SSNs) have been issued to US citizens and permanent residents. SSNs are primarily used for identification and taxpaying services. Without a SSN, you can’t obtain credit, receive government services, or buy a home. The SSN is essential to everyday life. However, what many may not know is that the SSN is also a historical record that aids employers during the hiring process. It is a useful tool that delivers essential information about candidates during a background check. 
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Education Verification: How to Identify Diploma Mills on a Resume

It is no secret that education is critically important in a wide range of careers. Some roles require a bachelor’s degree or some kind of vocational certificate, and other careers, such as those in healthcare, require advanced degrees and specific medical licenses. Education not only teaches the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential in any career, but it also provides the foundational knowledge and domain-specific insights that help prepare individuals for work in a given field.
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Candidate Experience

HR Technology: Artificial Intelligence vs. Automation vs. the Human Component

As in other business areas, technology improves the efficiency of key HR processes and programs. Relatively new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) can improve candidate communication through chatbots that answer questions, schedule interviews, and ask qualifying screening questions. Another technology, automation, which can be found virtually everywhere, can transform just about any manual process. Among other capabilities, automation eliminates the use of paper forms—in hiring, onboarding, benefits enrollment, and more—and facilitates e-signatures of online documents. Automation, AI, and other HR technology save time for HR teams, allowing them to focus on the work that only people can do, such as making face-to-face connections, leading others, or assessing candidate communication skills. 
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Candidate Experience

7 Ways to Build a Hiring Process Focused on the Candidate Experience

Candidate experience, which includes all the touchpoints a candidate has with the organization, can sway candidate actions to the benefit or detriment of an organization. In fact, in one study, 67 percent of people said that the application, interview, or offer process would make or break their decision about whether to take a job. At a time when unemployment is low and job opportunities are plentiful, organizations can compete for talent more successfully by offering a more positive candidate experience. 
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Hiring

6 Ways to Modernize Your Hiring Process with Technology

Technology has already changed the way companies recruit, transforming the job posting and application process and providing more options for how companies and candidates engage. The power of technology isn’t just about the capabilities of hardware and software; technology really comes alive when it is combined with human judgment, analysis, and creativity. 
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Background Screening

The Types of Fingerprinting Services and Which Is Right for You

Fingerprinting has long been a reliable way to identify individuals and collect their background information. In fact, whereas a name or an address can be common among two or more people and can change over time, a person’s fingerprint is unique and lasting, and can therefore provide additional insights into a person’s criminal past.
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Background Screening

5 Tips for Evaluating Different Background Screening Platforms

In this digital age, the effectiveness and timeliness of background screening are vastly improved with the benefit of a great technology platform. Working with a background screening provider backed by an effective platform not only improves automation and communication but also helps to move candidates through the background check process more efficiently. Some of the specific reasons an organization might choose to work with a provider that offers a modern background screening platform include:
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Hiring

Healthcare Recruitment Challenges: The Cost of Making a Bad Hire

For some time, there have been growing challenges in healthcare recruiting. Competition for scarce talent and increased demand for services have made it difficult for organizations to attract and hire sufficient levels of top talent. Despite the fact that, in recent years, the healthcare industry has become the largest US employer, statistics show that the healthcare talent shortage is only growing larger. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2030, there will be fewer physicians than will be needed to provide care for an aging population. In addition, Mercer research has revealed that by 2025, there will be a nationwide shortage of 446,000 home health aides, 95,000 nursing assistants, and 99,000 medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
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Legislation

Marijuana in the Workplace: How It’s Changing the Drug Screening Process

Despite the debates in the headlines and the legalization of some kinds of marijuana use in certain states, federally, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance by the US Controlled Substances Act. However, 33 states have legalized marijuana use for medicinal or recreational purposes, and there is growing support among some for legalizing marijuana in other states. Given this trend, there are important implications for the use of marijuana in the workplace as well as for employment drug screening. 
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Background Screening

How Far Back Should a Background Search Go?

The industry-wide norm is to conduct a background search for the last seven years. Depending on what is searched, a longer time frame may be both allowable by law and advisable based on the circumstances of the company or position. Deciding what makes the most sense isn’t always clear-cut for employers. On one hand, it’s logical to want a complete picture of a person’s background. On the other hand, depending on the circumstances, an act committed decades ago may not be terribly relevant to their candidacy for hire now.
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7 Factors That May Indicate Your Healthcare Background Check Process Isn’t Compliant

Background check compliance is highly important, in large part because of the penalties organizations can incur for noncompliance. Conducting background checks that aren’t compliant can have a range of neg...

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5 Reasons to Conduct a SSN Trace Report

Since they were first created in 1936, more than 450 million social security numbers (SSNs) have been issued to US citizen...

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Education Verification: How to Identify Diploma Mills on a Resume

It is no secret that education is critically important in a wide range of careers. Some roles require a bachelor’s degree or some kind of vocational certificate, and other careers, such as those in healthc...

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