Before starting your job search, doing an employment background check on yourself before hiring managers is good. Finding out and fixing any potential problems regarding your background before a school or district will prevent you from being screened out of the job applicant pool.
Look into your credit report, academic records, driving abstract, social networking sites, and even Google searches of your name. You want to find out if there are any significant gaps or areas of concern that a principal might uncover when considering your application.
Check Your Online Presence
Knowing your standing on these critical records and being fully prepared is always a good idea because employment background checks are standard practice when hiring a teacher. Regarding the internet, it is a good idea to find out what information is available about you whether you are job searching or not.
Do a Google search on yourself, inputting your full name as it appears on your resume. Look for any results that appear stretchy and should be of concern. Along the same lines, ensure that your social networking site profiles are locked only to reveal certain information to the public.
Sites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter allow you to protect certain private information. These personal details include contact information, marital status, and any revealing confidential information that could influence a school’s opinion of you.
Verify Your Resume
Next, double-check your professional history. Your resume is the first thing a potential school will have regarding you. Ensure the information on your resume and application is accurate. Even if you make a small error or omission by mistake, a principal could think you have done more throughout your documents and, therefore, could discount your entire application.
That is why ensuring all your information is accurate and having all the necessary paperwork to back up your licenses and education is essential. Call the schools you have attended and graduated from to obtain official transcripts and look at your certificates and diplomas to ensure the information displayed on your resume is accurate. Having all this information within reach is also good if you must show it to a school.
Employment Background Check – Solidify Your References
Lastly, ensure your references have all been contacted and verified before using them. Double-check their contact details and ensure you can use them in your job search. Don’t give out reference information until asked during or after an interview.
If you work in specific industries, you may be required to undergo additional checks such as credit and criminal record checks. If this is the case, look into these and try to fix any potential problems.
You don’t want to be offered your dream teaching job to lose it because of a lousy employment background check. Do your best to prevent this by doing a background check on yourself and fixing anything you can.
Conducting an online reputation search is essential for a successful job hunt. Rectifying any negative things will ensure no surprises for you or a school when they complete a background check.
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