The benefits of a career passport

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A career passport can improve the onboarding experience for both candidates and employers, as well as provide HR departments with useful information throughout employment, but what is it and how does it work?

Background checking has been considered a vital part of the recruitment process for some time, but many roles also require repeat checks throughout an employee’s career. However, HR departments are also beginning to realise the value in repeating checks for all employees, not just those which are required for compliance.

People change, employees gain or lose skills, and qualifications can expire, meaning that some checks that were carried out on day one of an employee’s position may no longer be accurate or relevant. But just as importantly, some things just will not change, an employee’s work history for instance.

With the results of background checks so fluid in nature, and their results having potential impact on an employee’s ability or legal right to carry out their work, repeat background checks are necessary for both compliance and good practice.

But carrying out background checking can be time consuming and costly, and repeating unnecessary checks puts additional strain on valuable resources. However, with analogue HR systems some waste is inevitable in keeping an employee’s file accurate and current, and until now this just had to be absorbed.

The very latest background checking software now provides the ultimate solution to the problem of ongoing checks. For candidates who are checked through Veremark, a career passport is generated for each employee. This fully auditable profile includes the details of all checks, providing an easy to interpret report which demonstrates compliance. In addition, the passport shows the date of any previous checks which can highlight the need for more checks throughout the workers employment.

The Veremark Career Passport reduces the strain on HR departments and eliminates the cost of unnecessary checks. Providing a digital trail of an employee’s career with your company, while delivering an accurate and efficient record of all checks and their results, HR departments can use the passport to inform future or ongoing checks, whilst the candidate can also use it in their next role.

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What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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