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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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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

How the 2020 Election Could Affect Employment and Hiring Processes

Presidential elections capture the attention of business leaders and decision makers just as they do the hearts and minds of individual voters. With a new or re-elected US president comes new policy decisions that will undoubtedly have implications for business. The impact is even deeper if the president’s party also captures (or loses) more seats in Congress.
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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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Background Screening

Factors that Delay Background Check Turnaround Times and How to Avoid Them

Behind the scenes, the efficiency of the screening process relies on several factors. Background information comes from a variety of sources—databases, courts, employers, and the candidates themselves—and there are plenty of opportunities for delay along the way. 
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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

What’s the Difference Between Database Court Searches and Actual Court Searches?

Court searches are an effective way to get an accurate picture of an individual’s background as well as any current or pending criminal actions. There are two kinds of court searches: database court searches and actual court searches. Each serves a unique purpose and can provide different kinds of information. First, a definition of each:
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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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How to Compare Background Screening Services and Quotes

Not all background screening companies provide the same products or offer the same value in exchange for quoted services. Whereas some companies offer an online-only interface, other companies act as an advisor and partner, helping clients navigate compliance risks and run a background screening program that works seamlessly alongside other talent management activities.
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Candidate Experience

Healthcare Recruiting Tips: Creating a Positive Candidate Experience

Today, the candidate experience begins long before an interview–and it isn't limited to the interview process. From the first touchpoint an individual has with an organization, candidate experience should be considered, especially since it’s a candidate’s market, employers need to reciprocate a positive impression. The candidate experience comprises every touchpoint an individual has with an organization when considering a job opportunity. It’s not limited to the interview process; in fact, it begins long before the first interview. According to one talent acquisition professional, “Candidate experience starts with a potential candidate’s very first exposure or interaction with a new potential employer. That might be an online job posting, the careers section of a company website, or it might even be a candidate researching target companies to apply to. Every touchpoint is important in shaping a candidate’s perception of an organization.”
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Vendor Background Screening: What Should You Check Before Starting a Relationship

Your organization likely already works with a variety of vendors to help manage work processes and complete special projects. In many ways, the vendors you work with are an extension of your organization, ...

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How To Decide Which Applicant Tracking Software Is Right for You

The majority of recruiters (75 percent) use some form of applicant trac...

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How to Tell If Your Organization Has A Bad Background Check Provider

Background checks help organizations manage hiring risks by providing information about candidates’ criminal, employment, and educational histories. Just as there are many different background check produc...

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