A Value-Add service? Background Checks in the Hands of Job-SeekersJune 11, 2013
Do you trust all the information on a CV? Background checking companies want to ensure you can, and in some cases are passing the power to the candidates.
Organisations are now providing tools to both employees and recruiters to ensure more informed background checks are being carried out. Two US companies – eKnowID and Acertiv – are taking different approaches to ensuring the validity and usefulness of background checks and CVs.
Through eKnowID, candidates can obtain background checks on themselves, giving them foresight into what a prospective employer could obtain. The service allows employees to become aware of information about them that may be false – eg criminal records due to identity theft or slanderous reports.
In contrast, Acertiv’s service allows job-seekers to add validity to their CV. Acertiv is provided free to job-seekers, who can upload documents to support their claims, such as licenses, degrees or other qualifications. Acertiv’s website describes the service as giving candidates the chance to “validate the bullet points on a résumé using professional contacts and supporting documentation”.
For employers, Acertiv allows them to skip the validation process and increase their faith in the reliability of a candidate’s claims. “Organisations such as eKnowID and Acertiv are tapping into the candidate rich market at a time when unemployment is high, especially in the US, and candidates are taking every opportunity to differentiate themselves by ‘adding value’ to their applications,” Greg Newton, general manager of Verify, stated.
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