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User Topic: Question for HR people...
HeartStings
♀ 38017
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Default  Posted: 12:02 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Is my job hunting being hampered because I have a security freeze on my credit?

I've noticed that many of the on-line applications require you to authorize the company to do a credit check. I have perfect credit, and I always check the authorization box, but I just realized that I froze my credit years ago after we bought our house.

Am now wondering if this is working against me in my job search (along with my age and many years out of the workforce).

Thanks in advance for your expertise!


Posts: 117 | Registered: Jan 2013 | From: New England
Spirit13
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Default  Posted: 3:05 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm an HR person and it is highly unlikely this is affecting you. I am assuming you mean you are not allowing credit checks without authorization. We only did the credit check once a person had gone very far through the process and it was part of a background check. It would not be something we do to decide who we are going to interview or hire. Many times the credit check doesn't even come through until the person has started.

Every company has different standards and different reasons for needing a credit check. Some don't need it at all.

I wouldn't worry about it.


Men were deceivers ever; one foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never.

Posts: 620 | Registered: Apr 2011 | From: Midwest
Mama_of_3_Kids
♀ 26651
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Default  Posted: 7:55 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I work for a not-for-profit that uses volunteers and this hasn't been an issue for us, when we do a background and credit check (our volunteers deal with money and bank accounts, sometimes).

Good luck on your job search!


Me: FBW/30 Him: FWH/34 The kidlets: DS14, DS10, and DD8 The hounds: Four Shih Tzu's
Finally, completely R'd
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Dark Inertia
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Default  Posted: 8:07 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My job required a credit check. I was told I was hired contingent on passing credit and background check; and within two days I got a letter from Transunion saying my job pulled my credit (unsure whether it was a soft or hard pull, I think soft). I work in the financial industry.

[This message edited by Dark Inertia at 8:10 PM, November 9th (Saturday)]


"If I listened earlier, I wouldn't be here. But that's just the trouble with me. I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it."

Posts: 1367 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: The Ohio
sunandmoon
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Default  Posted: 8:23 AM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Not likely. (I am an HR Director) The question is asked so that when we get to the offer stage we can move quckly in to the Background check portion without having to have you come in and provide another sign off so we can do the check. I do not run any of the background checks until offer- they are expensive.

sunandmoon


Posts: 1635 | Registered: Mar 2006
HeartStings
♀ 38017
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Default  Posted: 11:24 AM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh, great...then it's just me.

Any ideas how to overcome my stay-at-homeness? I keep reading, network, network, network. But I don't have a network. I've been the dutiful little wife following my WH all over the globe and raising the kids. I don't even have references because the company where I had the bulk of my work experience was dissolved years ago.

I'm willing to start again at the bottom, but if I list my education, I'm overqualified. If I leave my education off my résumé, it's lying by omission.

Ack!!!


Posts: 117 | Registered: Jan 2013 | From: New England
sunandmoon
♀ 10180
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Default  Posted: 4:23 PM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Heart Strings-

Do you have a Linkedin account? Many of my "professional" contacts are people I know more in my personal life. Also, even though your company was dissolved- the folks you worked with may be on Linkedin. Also, join any professional group or club that supports your career goals. I have met so many of my HR peeps this way.

Have you considered working with a Headhunter? They are often great and overcoming these types of hurdles since they have relationships with companies and if they are willing to submit a candidate the companies trust their judgement.

Just some thoughts.

sunandmoon


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Mama_of_3_Kids
♀ 26651
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Default  Posted: 9:17 PM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Have you volunteered at all? Maybe the PTA, helping to make copies or organizing parties for teachers, Girl or Boy Scouts, Food Bank, etc? If you have any of this type of experience, include it on your resume and/or application. I volunteered for an organization and it helped me to get a job. If you don't have this experience, maybe consider starting something...it will show initiative and you will be making a difference in the life (lives) of someone else


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Finally, completely R'd
Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future.~Proverbs 31:25

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