Looking for a new job after being fired or your resignation can be a very tough time. The rate of unemployment is high and is continually rising. This therefore means that for you to ace the interview and get the job, your resume details and profile should match and satisfy the potential employer. There are specific details that your potential employer looks out for when considering applicant. They include:
- Employment history
Most job postings have a specific time that the applicant must have had experience working in a similar position. This means that the potential employer will extensively scrutinize your previous employment history. This helps in determining your suitability and if you measure up to their standards. They will also need to go through your previous employers’ to evaluate your credibility and theirs. Therefore, you cannot adulterate your profile with employers you never worked for.
And, you should forget about the idea that its illegal for your potential employer to check on your past employers because that is untrue and most of their constitution allow for them to confirm your previous position. An employment history check will be done by all employers and all your details should be accurate.
- Criminal history/ background
Your employer will always go through criminal records to ascertain if you are fit for their organization or not. Hiring criminals is never on your potential employer list and therefore, your criminal past and record should be clear and with tangible/ credible explanations.
- Accuracy of information
Any inaccurate information and simple errors will cost you your job. No one will be willing to hire you if your resume has many visible errors especially as a result or carelessness. That will show how you will work and your application will be trashed fast. Having wrong or misplaced dates on your employment date will cost you your dream job even after months of being unemployed.
All dates should match to avoid embarrassment during your interview. There are many applicants for the job you have applied to and any errors, accidental or not, will contribute to you losing out on the position. Your employment history should therefore show the exact dates of your previous job postings.
There has been an increase in the number of fraud cases. Some certifications issued are not legitimate and the employers are aware of this. Therefore, you should consider a thorough re-evaluation of your certifications and their credibility. A red flag could be raised against you and you may lose the job or the promotion.
All licenses, professional and degree certifications have to be counter-checked by your employer and/or potential employer. Therefore, you should be keen on the type, validity and credibility of issued certifications.
In line with checking your employment history, employers and recruiters always consider your experience. They do not need an employee who cannot undertake the allocated tasks efficiently. Therefore, your experience should match what your potential employer seeks. Rather than applying for any position that seems doable, apply for a job that you are sure of successfully completing. This way, you will pass your practical interview test and get the job.
In conclusion, employers will go to great lengths to get your information needed for the new hire. Therefore, your slate must be clean and with the details that will win over any employer. Avoid simple mistakes that will cost you the opportunity of your life.
Lisa Edelstein is a recruitment manager and a mentor with experience in the field for a decade. She recently gave a talk on Ted Talks and reiterated on the importance of employment history checks in all organizations. Check out her LinkedIn profile for tips on writing the winning resume and getting the job.