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Prepare for employment screening and know what prospective employers can and can't look at
It doesn't matter what type of job you're applying for, you should anticipate a background check, it's something a vast number of employers have made a standard part of their employment process. While you should anticipate the background check, it shouldn't be something you lose sleep over. What you should do is take some time to learn exactly what they're looking for. You will find that knowing what they want to discover about you goes a long way towards developing peace of mind while applying or a new and better job.
The exact nature of the background check really depends on the type of job you're applying for. You already know if you're applying for jobs in the police force, military, and in some government funded organizations you will be subjected to an extensive employment screening. Most employers only delve deeply enough into your background to make sure you're a basically good employee who's not trying to hide any skeletons in your closet.
If you still find the idea of someone poking around in your past, you should take comfort in the knowledge that the government has stepped in and created restrictions on how potential employers can handle employment screening. Even when a potential employer calls one your previous employers to learn a little bit about you as an employee, there's a limit to the type of questions that can be asked and answered.
It is possible for a prospective employer to check out your financial history, however, they can't do this without your permission. The reason they want to know about your credit history is to make sure you can be trusted when it comes to financial matters. Employers don't want to hand over things like making deposits at the bank, or distributing funds to someone who owes several thousand dollars to their credit card company. The easiest way for an employer to learn about your credit history will be obtaining a copy of your credit report. You should know, the only way they can legally do so will be when they have your consent, in writing.
While you can control whether or not a prospective employer sees your credit report, you won't have so much luck if you have a public record of financial trouble, such as bankruptcy or workman's comp.
The other thing most employers try to include in their employment screening will be a criminal background check. They can freely access any information that's a matter of public record, but for more detailed information, the law varies from one state to the next. If you have any sort of criminal record, your best bet will be to tell a prospective employer about it. It's likely they would have found out one way or another, and by admitting your history, it won't seem like your trying to hide anything.
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