What Is "Ban the Box"… and How Does Colorado Feel About It?

by NationSearch Information on June 13, 2018

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately - and maybe even if you haven’t - there’s a good chance you’ve heard of something called “Ban the Box.” This is directly related to what NationSearch does for many of its clients, so we thought it would be a good topic to discuss.

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Topics: Hiring, Background Check, background screening services, ban the box

6 Ways for Job Hunters to Set Themselves Up for Success

by NationSearch Information on June 6, 2018

Job hunting is serious business, but the unfortunate truth is that many people set themselves up for failure right from the get-go. Whether it’s due to the amount of competition they’re up against, insecurity of their own skills and abilities, or another reason, they lack the overall confidence that is absolutely needed when searching for a new job. We’d like to help curtail some of these issues, so here are six ways for you to set yourself up for success.

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Topics: hiring process, Hiring, Job Hunting 2018, Background Check, job hunting, background screening services, job hunters

Hiring Seasonal Summer Employees: What You Need to Know

by NationSearch Information on May 21, 2018

With kids out of school and families going on vacation, businesses like yours are excited about the uptick in foot traffic and online purchases that so many companies enjoy  during  the summer months. This increase in business means more money in your pockets and more exposure for your company, but it also means that you may need to hire seasonal employees to accommodate the added sales and activity. 

The process of finding seasonal summer employees isn’t the most difficult thing in the world for a hiring manager to accomplish, but there are definitely some things you need to know that will ensure your success.

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Topics: hiring process, seasonal employees, Background Check, background screening services, background screening

The 411 on Running a Background Check on a Current Employee

by NationSearch Information on May 25, 2018

When you hire a new employee, the responsible thing to do is to run a series of background checks on him or her. This will clue you into any past indiscretions that may endanger your business and employees, and will enable you to check the accuracy of information that a potential employee has provided to you.

But, what happens when you choose to run a background check on an existing employee rather than a new hire? Many businesses are following this type of rescreening practice as a way to ensure safety and decrease their chances of liability. So, let’s take a look at what you need to know about running a background check on a current employee:

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Topics: Background Check, background screening services, current employee background check

Small Businesses Need Background Checks, Too

by NationSearch Information on June 5, 2018

It has become regular practice for large corporations to conduct background checks on anyone being hired for a position in their company. The same is mostly true for medium-sized businesses, though some of them make the mistake of skipping this important part of the hiring process from time to time.

Small businesses seem to have the most difficulty in consistently running background checks on their incoming employees due to the cost involved - when every dollar counts, it can be difficult to make the choice to reallocate funds to this necessary process. While background checks are an expenditure, they’re a cost that small businesses can’t afford to ignore. Here are some simple reasons why:

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Topics: hiring mistakes, Hiring, Background Check, background screening services, small business

Is Your Company Making These Mistakes When Running a Background Check?

by NationSearch Information on May 25, 2018

Every business owner will tell you that security is one of their top priorities. This is true, especially because it relates directly to the security of the business, its employees, and its customers. This is why so many employers trust background screening procedures to ensure that the people they hire will not cause problems for their business or the people who surround it. 

The problem, of course, is that we are all human, and mistakes do happen. While we can never expect to be perfect 100% of the time, you definitely want to be meticulous when hiring a new employee. Any mistakes you make can have disastrous results in certain situations. To help you stay safe, we have compiled a few common mistakes that you should avoid making when running background checks.

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Topics: Background Check, background screening services

Not Taking Drugs But Failed a Drug Test? What You Should Avoid!

by NationSearch Information on May 25, 2018

Modern drug tests are quite accurate and effective, but nothing is 100%. The truth is, several substances can result in a positive test for drug use when you haven’t exposed yourself to drugs at all. This is what’s known as a “false positive.”

It is common for hiring managers to utilize background checks and drug abuse tests when considering you for employment. Knowing this, it’s best that you avoid the following extensive list of substances for at least a few days before the test occurs, just to be safe.

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Topics: Background Check, background screening services, drug test, substances

Want a Better Position in 2018? Here’s How to Succeed!

by NationSearch Information on May 22, 2018

Every year, millions of workers say to themselves, “This is the year when I get a new job.” It’s certainly a commendable resolution to make, but it’s one that’s also difficult to follow through on. After all, transitioning to a new place of employment can be time-consuming, stressful, and more than a little intimidating.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to help improve your chances of landing a new job in 2018 and make the process easier on you. Whether you’re planning to go for a new position with your current employer or starting anew with a different company, here are a few strategies that you can implement:

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Topics: hiring process, resume, Hiring, Job Hunting 2018, Background Check, job hunting, personal branding, background screening services

Benefits Your Company Can Expect from Background Screening

by NationSearch Information on May 25, 2018

Hiring any person, no matter their background or experience, is a risky venture for your business. Time and time again, we hear about situations where the wrong type of employee has been hired by a company and it ends badly. You're never going to stop all of the bad eggs from sneaking in, but what you can do is take appropriate measures that will decrease the likelihood of hiring an unethical, or just plain dangerous, employee.

This is exactly why background checks have increased in both intensity and popularity in recent years. Responsible businesses understand that looking into a potential employee's background is essential for the safety of the company's existing employees, current and potential customers, and anyone else who interacts with the business. To put a finer point on it, let's take a look at a few of the benefits that your company can expect from background screening.

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Topics: hiring mistakes, Hiring, Background Check, background screening services

How to Land a New Job After Being Fired (part 2 of 2)

by NationSearch Information on May 25, 2018

It’s no fun to be fired from a job. In addition to the financial constraint caused by the loss of salary, being released from employment can cause a high level of undue stress and self-doubt. Whether you intentionally broke a company policy or simply failed to perform certain duties, the hardest part about being fired is knowing what to do next. A big part of this, of course, is finding your next job.

While being fired is a stressful time for anyone, take solace in knowing that your life is not over. You just need to brush yourself off and get back into the workforce. How do you find a new job after you've been fired? That's exactly what we are here to answer, to give you tips that will help you land new employment after you've been let go. We started last week with four different tips to get you started. If you missed that blog, you can click here and read it right now. Then, return to this second part to enjoy our final four tips.

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Topics: hiring process, resume, Hiring, Job Hunting 2018, job hunting, personal branding, background screening services, fired