Employers relied on background screening more than ever in 2016. Human resources representatives who are hiring temporary or contract labor have started using background screening to vet their candidates. This process has both advantages and disadvantages for candidates. The important implications of this increase in background checks among employers are described in this article.
Although not all employers screen their candidates an increasing number have begun to use background screening as an integral part of their hiring process. Five years ago only 48% of surveyed employers said that they used background checks, in 2016 81% say that they do. This means that in the past five years the number of companies which use background checks to filter out candidates has nearly doubled. More emphasis is being placed on the hiring process, 53% of surveyed employers said that hiring and training employees was their biggest business challenge. This increased interest in the hiring, training, and development of talent could be the reason behind the number of employers who now use background checks.
Effects of Background Screening
This kind of screening can cause various effects within a company. Often times temporary employees who are screened before being hired have a higher opinion of their employer, and usually take their work more seriously. This is because screening legitimizes the job making it seem as though it carries more importance. 81% of surveyed employers said that their screening process uncovered lies and inconsistencies on the resumes of candidates. Screens can also reward those candidates who have honest resumes and clear histories. By performing checks like this employers can ensure that the candidates they choose are honest people. This usually improves efficiency and safety on the job.
Purpose of Background Screening
74% of companies that perform background screens as part of their pre-employment process do so because they want to improve the quality of hires. Furthermore, enhancing safety and security, increasing employee retention, improving compliance, and improving company reputation are all purposes of the pre-employment background screening.
A Look at 2016
77% of organizations surveyed, intend to grow their workforce during this coming year. As both background screens and job openings increase, it will be more important than ever to build a strong and honest resume. With the increased opportunities that will be provided by businesses for temporary labor in 2017, comes increased standards brought about by the use of screening processes. If you are a candidate currently searching for new employment it is important to remember the new emphasis on background screening, and subsequently to keep your resume truthful. During 2016’s healthy job market it is also a good idea to contact a staffing agency, like us here at Spec. By contacting Spec you will open yourself to an effective job placement process that will be tailored to your skills, desired work schedule, and wage expectations.
The Bottom Line
Background screens are used by employers to verify information provided by a candidate during the application process, as well as to look into the candidate in general. These types of screens are becoming increasingly popular among employers, especially those who are interested in hiring temporary or contract labor. In 2017 there is predicted to be a healthy increase in available jobs. If you are looking for a position that fits your skills and preferences in 2017 make sure to contact us here at Spec!
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