Have you ever Googled your name?
If you’re planning to apply for a job soon, you better check what has been written about you on the World Wide Web. For sure, you don’t want to miss out on a great job opportunity just because of a young, careless post on Facebook. But apart from quick Google search, is an official background check on yourself necessary before looking for a job?
In school and childcare facilities, a background check or National Police History Check (NPHC) for potential employees is a must by law. Banking and finance industries also run an NPHC on a candidate before hiring them. In the same way, getting a professional driver position necessitates that you present proof that you don’t have any DUI record. Since a background check is a requirement in certain industries, you should spend time looking at records on your own to confirm all the information about you. After all, there are cases of incorrect information on public records, which could hurt your job application, as well as your reputation as a professional.
Personal Defence Weapon
By running a background check on yourself, you can clarify the public information about you before your potential employer sees it. In a way, an individual NPHC may serve as a personal defence weapon. But if you have criminal records no matter how petty they are and they appear on your personal background check, you can, at least, be prepared in case your potential employer talks to you about it. Remember, it is illegal in Australia not to hire a prospective candidate based on a criminal record that is not related to the job. So even if you had drunk driving charges when you were younger, you could still get hired in the hotel, sales, or any industries where you won’t be required to drive a vehicle.
Most job seekers spend long hours polishing their CV and preparing for the interview, but only a few of them give much thought to background checks. Apart from acing the interview portion, you also need to know what employers could discover about you. So, make one step ahead of them by running a background check on yourself.
If you want to learn more about NPHC and background checks, don’t hesitate to contact us.