Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Pick the Right Background Check Company!

Choosing the best background check company for you may seem like a daunting task. It is easy to question yourself and your decisions. 

Will the company you are considering do the job right? Will they be easy to work with? What kind of information can they find, and is it quality information? And of course, you are always worried about cost.

But most importantly, you may wonder if a background check company is really on the up and up. 

How do you really know who you can trust?

Here I take a look back at the second installment of a three part series I wrote when launching my blog. I wanted to focus on the 3 common and confusing questions that many employers have about background checks

  1. Why should I use background checks to hire? 
  2. How can I choose a quality background check company? 
  3. What can do with the information in the background check report to help me hire?

I covered the "Why" in, "What You Need to Know about Background Checks".

Now you need to know "How" ~ specifically, How to pick the right background check company for you!

When choosing a screening company, it is important that you do your research and ask the right questions.

My advice is to focus on finding a company that will with WITH you, not just for you! They should be a true partner in your quest to find the right employees that will help your company succeed.

Now you just need to know what to look for!

A good Background Check Provider should:

  1. Focus on Your Needs
  2. Use Direct, Reliable Sources for their Information
  3. Take the Time to Do It Right
  4. Stay Informed on Hiring Laws and Regulations
  5. Not Put Cost over Quality

You can find out more about these tips in; "5 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Background Check Company for You"!

In addition to these suggestions, I would add the following:

Word of Mouth
Ask other business owners you know. Who do they use for their employment screenings? If they are satisfied with that company's work, chances are you will be too!

Reviews / Customer Referrals
Find out what their clients are saying about them. Search for them online and see what is posted. While you can't take every review as gospel, it is possible to look for a trend.

Pay Attention to the Company's "Vibe"  
How do you feel when you are talking with them? Are they showing genuine interest in you are does it feel like they are just in it for the sell? Your gut feelings can go a long way towards picking the right screener. Having a comfortable working relationship with any company you do business with often takes time, but your initial impression should be given some weight.

Choosing the right background check company doesn't have to be difficult. All it takes is asking the right questions and using your instincts. And when done right, you will find that your hiring process is easier and more productive than ever! 

Be sure to check back next week when I revisit the final article in this series on how you can use your background check report to hire right! 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

What You Need to Know about Background Checks

Why, When, and How Should You be Using Background Checks in Your Business?

This is the one big question that drove me to start my blog, and one that continues to stymy many business owners! 

Back in 2012, when I was just getting started with the whole social media marketing thing, I found that so many companies were confused and unsure about background checks. They really didn't understand how using them to help make hiring decisions was good for them and their business.

Many cited money reasons ~ after all, they were looking at spending their hard earned funds on someone that they may not even end up hiring. Others didn't think that the information they could find during an employment screening would really be of any value.

Then there were these 3 big questions ~ 

  1. Why should I use background checks to hire? 
  2. How can I choose a quality background check company? 
  3. What can do with the information in the background check report to help me hire?

This confusion prompted me to start off my blog with a 3 part series of articles designed to answer these questions and help alleviate the confusion ~ a lofty undertaking if I do say so myself!

I began by focusing my first article on the question of "Why" using screening potential employees makes sense.

I believe in this as a fundamental truth ~ employment background checks are a crucial step in helping you hire the most qualified and safest employees for your business.

Employment Screening will Help You:

  • Determine Your Applicant's honesty
  • Create a Safer Workplace
  • Protect Company Assets
  • Keep Compliant
  • Increase Your Protection from Lawsuits 

Discover more about the "why" of background checks in "5 Reasons Why You Need to Use Employment Background Checks".

In the next few weeks I will take a look back at the rest of this series and touch on "How" to choose the best background check company for you and "What" you can do with your background check report during your hiring process.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating Our Small Business Independence!

Business Owners value our Independence!

Other than the love and dedication to our families, our businesses are what drives us, worries us, and sustains us.

Daily, we celebrate our ability to create something that is ours and to take it in the direction we want to go. 

We relish the idea that we are able to build a company that speaks to our core values and fulfills our biggest goals.

For me, that has always meant creating a company that is dedicated to helping others achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams ~ and that is still my ultimate goal today.

So this 4th of July, I am celebrating my, 
and my fellow entrepreneurs, own Independence Day!

I am celebrating our independent spirit and embracing our entrepreneurial freedoms. 

That is why I believe that Independence Day really speaks to Small Business Owners.

We believe in and appreciate the rights we have in this country to pursue our dreams ~ and owning our own businesses are a large part of those dreams!

We recognize and continue to fight for those freedoms. We cherish the opportunities that allow us to reach our goals and build something of our own we can be proud of.

I believe Small Business Owners are trailblazers, and nothing says “independence” more!

"I personally celebrate the freedom and independence I feel in running my own business.  The ability to pursue my own dreams is unequaled.  To me, this is true independence", quote from "Independence and What it Really Means to Your Small Business"!

I leave you with one last thought from my article on Independence and Small Business,

"This 4th of July, while we celebrate the independence of our nation, let us also remember that it is alive and well in the hearts, minds, and businesses of our Small Business Owners - our innovators, our inventors, and our instigators!".

Happy Independence Day!

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