Friday, October 23, 2009

Dreaded background check

Would you believe some people buying writing services are checking the background of writers? We should be checking them! Will they pay? Are they multi-state scammers?

Every time you see an “Examiner” story, that writer submitted to a background and credit check for the privilege of being paid next to nothing.

But I digress.

Background checks these days can be way more than calling your references. If you are dealing with children or the elderly or working in an airport, for example, you will be checked for felonies.

You might want to check yourself first and see if there are things out there waiting to bite you.

Check court records online.

See if you can get a copy of your personnel file from your old job—you can, in some states.

Be sure your credit report has no one else’s info blended in.

DUI and DWI convictions are felonies—see what your driving record is.

Try to get ahead of the power curve.

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