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from xlnt - Friday, September 20, 2002
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Does anyone know how good a check companies in the US do on resumes of people that are not US citizens?

Does anyone know how good a check companies in the US do on resumes of people that are not US citizens? How deep do they check into your past?

As far as education, I'm pissed that the Family belittled degrees, and I have none because I took care of kids from the time I was a kid, but I think I've got it covered as far as the wording, and I don't need help in the education department.

I'm mainly stuck on the past work references. I really don't want to get into the Family issue and don't want to be related to it at all. But I know they will probably ask for a reference and call whoever it is, I guess I'll have to give some family member's name...
I used to work for this one person in his company since about 4-5 years ago (while I was still in the Family), I did translating, English teaching, and layout work, and he paid me, except he just handed me the money, and plus the work was so rare, only a couple of times a year. I was going to see if I could use his company and name as reference (of course I would ask his permission), but then I wondered if they had really good background checks here in the US, and would check my bankaccount, and of course I'm not on their payroll, and no money came into my bank account from them. And I would be busted for lying on my resume. Which is a scary thought for me...

Maybe I'm just worrying too much and all they do is a simple check, but I want to be on the safe side...Does anyone have any details on making this as honest, yet "deceivers yet true" as possible, and at the same time making my resume as "sysemite" and normal-sounding??

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from cm
Friday, September 20, 2002 - 09:02

It all depends on the level of professionalism involved in your new job. If you are applying for a position that requires a great deal of skill, your prospective employer may require some verifiable references.

From my experience, however, I have found that companies seldom check references of a former employer if they are across the street, much less halfway across the globe. It is genuinely, a difficult task to verify employment.

If you can speak articulately about the job requirements, so that they know that you are capable of preforming the task at hand, and have the previous experiences listed and are able to say what you did, precisely, at your alleged former job, you will never have a problem.

The worst thing that can happen is that you do not get the job.
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From faeriraven
Friday, September 20, 2002, 09:45

Another thing, I don't even think that they can check your bank account, that's personal information...and has nothing to do with your past experience. For all they know you could have just cashed the paycheck...
I used my dad (different name) and his company as a reference...of course I gave a phone number and they were able to contact him just incase and we had our story straight so there was no problem there. He does have his own company so it was a little more 'legal' but still, no paycheck... (DON’T I WISH!) Like cm said, depends on the level of work you're looking for, in my case it was just office work so they didn't really go into my background as much and it was pretty easy to get the job as I have had experience before just not 'professionally'. I think as long as you look and act professional, and are knowledgeable in what you're applying for; there usually is not much of a problem.
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