I recently assisted job seekers who were scouring some of the larger job boards, as well as Craig’s list for jobs to which they could apply. One came to me with a joy of accomplishment on her face, noting, “I got a job!” She explained a ‘guy’ has parents with Alzheimer’s who wants a babysitter for a few hours weekly for $800 a week.
A terrible analogy, I’m sorry. But with the slumping job market, and growing list of outrageous hiring tactics that companies are using to source new hires, one can’t help but feel like we’re under the Big Top watching a painful performance at the circus. When are hiring companies going too far?
When you apply for a job, employers look at the application you complete and the resume you prepare. Some employers also check into your background before they hire you. A background report can include:
“I don’t read this crap. When someone gives me an article to read, I just say yes I will. I don’t read anything anymore. When I leave work, the last thing on my mind is HR.”
This was from one of my HR peeps.
My thought was, “boy they have checked out.” Not only that, but they have checked out and don’t even know it.
You’ve applied for a job. You sent a letter, made a phone call, submitted your resume. Perhaps you’ve had an interview. Did you know that when you apply for a job, an employer may ask your permission to do a background check before hiring you? Depending on the employer and the job, that background information might include your employment history, your driving record, criminal records, and your credit report.