Before starting your job search, it is good to do an employment background check on yourself before hiring managers. 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.
Things to look into are 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 major gaps, or areas of concern, that a principal might uncover when considering your application.
Check Your Online Presence
It’s always a good idea to know your standing on these important records and to be fully prepared because employment background checks are standard practice when hiring a teacher. When it comes to 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, make sure that your profiles on social networking sites are locked only to reveal certain information to the public.
Sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter allow you to keep certain private information protected. These personal details include contact information, marital status, and any revealing personal information that could potentially 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. Make sure that all 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 it is important to ensure all your information is accurate and have all the necessary paperwork to back up your licenses and education. 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. It is also a good idea to have all this information within reach if you must show them to a school.
Employment Background Check – Solidify Your References
Lastly, make sure that your references have all been contacted and verified before using them. Double-check their contact details and ensure that you have permission to use them in your job search. As always, don’t give out reference information until asked during or after an interview.
If you work in certain 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 bad employment background check. Do your best to prevent this from happening by doing a background check on yourself and fixing anything you can.
Conducting an online reputation search is an essential part of preparing yourself for a successful job hunt. Rectifying any negative things will ensure no surprises for you or a school when they conduct a background check.
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