2015 – The Year of the Volunteer

There is a new article making the rounds on the world wide interweb that claims to shed light on what employers can really find about out people through background checks.

It’s meant to be educational and give job applicants the latest information on what employers are looking for and how they’re gathering that information. Coming from CNNMoney, you’d expect nothing less, right?

What this article really does is scare the daylights out of anyone who hasn’t gone through a background check before.

Here’s some highlights:

  • “But once they start digging, they can find out everything from whether you have a penchant for drinking and driving to whether you have a hard time paying your bills on time.”
  • Screeners and employment law experts both note, however, that the FBI fingerprint database used to check your criminal record is neither complete nor always accurate.”
  • “Employers looking to hire a C-suite candidate, meanwhile, may do a deeper search in court records, social media and news reports to ensure that he or she isn’t embroiled in some nasty divorce, lawsuit or anything else that might attract negative publicity.”

There is always going to be misconceptions and alarming reporting about the screening industry. Background checks deal with sensitive, personal information and that freaks folks out. How can job candidates be sure the company they’re applying to work for uses a reputable screening agency (sometimes referred to a Consumer Reporting Agency or CRA) to conduct background checks?

But articles like the one mentioned above do an even greater disservice to the numerous non-profit agencies, civic organizations, educational institutions and art and sporting leagues that rely on volunteers. Why? Because it’s becoming standard operating procedure for all of these organizations to screen their volunteers, and if background checks continue to get a bad or creepy rap, people who’d otherwise want to volunteer might shy away from the process.

The real reason most organizations require background checks of their employees and/or volunteers is to keep their workplace safe. They want their employees to be safe inside their brick and mortar buildings, and they want the data, money and other sensitive information that’s associated with their business to remain safe, too.

So let’s take a look at how Active Screening ensures that volunteers’ screening information is treated privately and fairly for everyone.

Active Screening’s volunteer screening solutions meet industry Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance standards. All of the records gathered are re-verified for accuracy. We treat volunteer background checks the same as we do employee background checks. That means the federal, state and local laws that exist to protect employees during the hiring process also protect any volunteers undergoing the same process.

VERITY, a volunteer-specific screening platform, is designed to exclusively meet the need of volunteer-based organizations by providing an effective and cost-efficient all-in-one paperless screening solution. VERITY also fully integrates a secure sign-on process to your current website, and offers additional child protection training. You can learn about the options VERITY provides you by clicking here.

Since criminal background check options vary by state, Active Screening is dedicated to offering an online consultation service that helps volunteer-based organizations conduct background checks more efficiently. We’ve created an interactive map that explains the information offered in each state. Click here to access that. But we’ve taken it a step further by creating two background check packages, the BASIC and PLUS, that you can research using our online consultation service. Here’s a sneak peek:

The BASIC package includes:

  • SSN Verification and Address History Search
  • National Criminal Database Search
  • National Sex Offender Search
  • Re-verification of Criminal Records
  • Alias Names Search

The PLUS package includes:

  • SSN Verification and Address History Search
  • National Criminal Database Search
  • National Sex Offender Search
  • Re-verification of Criminal Records
  • Alias Names Search
  • County or Statewide criminal court search (plus mandatory fees)

We understand that this is a lot to take in. And, if you’re like most volunteer-based organizations, your time is precious. Don’t become confused by scare-tactic articles. Head straight to the source. Our experts are standing by to talk with you. Call 1-800-319-5580 now.

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Patricia Carlson is a content writer who specializes in B2C and B2B inbound marketing. She blogs regularly for clients about the background screening and finance industries, and generates newsletters, white papers and email campaigns for a variety of businesses. Patricia also produces a heavy rotation of editorial material for home design, law enforcement, and family magazines. She’s been writing professionally for more than a dozen years, and for Active Screening for more than two of those. Check out LinkedIn for a roster of Patricia’s clients and links to published works. When she’s not interviewing sources or researching trends, she’s living a fast-paced Florida life questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and mischievous cat. Patricia loves to talk tennis and TV on Twitter – give her a shout @pattycfreelance.

 
        
Active ScreeningBarbara S.
Healthcare Industry

"Here at Holland Hospital, we have been extremely pleased with Active Screening. The report results come back quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.  The staff at Active Screening is easy accessible, knowledgeable and responds to our questions promptly."

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"Benton Mobley has been and remains my Main point of contact at Active Screening from the beginning; so aside from the comfort of dealing with the same person all these years, there is the most important fact of all;  customer satisfaction. Benton knows the business like the back of his hand; and that is what we need in our fast paced industry of staffing. He is the all-time BEST!  MY employer, Leslie, believes in the notion that great service deserves to be rewarded, so we are here for the duration.We get immediate and personalized attention for any and all concerns we need addressed, and in the staffing industry, this is vital."

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"My experience working with Active Screening for our background check process has been very positive.  The reports are almost always completed in a very timely fashion. The information reported appears to be very thorough and accurate.  On the rare occasions that we have questions or problems, the customer service team is always very quick to respond and resolve the issue.  Overall, I am very pleased with the service I receive from Active Screening."

Active ScreeningCraig H. Staffing Industry

"Your customer service is excellent.  The turn around time on background checks is quite fast.  Excellent work.  I haven't had a single problem."

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"I wanted to thank you and your staff for being so patient and working so diligently with the Human Resources staff during our recent endeavor to process all of our work study students through background screenings.  We have never had to process so many requests within such a short period of time before, but thanks to you and your staff we made it. Again thank you, we made a good choice in selecting Active Screening."

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Active ScreeningYulesis D.  Staffing Industry

“Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) has more than 2,000 employees at multiple locations across the United States. IRT has been using Active Screening to conduct criminal background checks since 2006. During this time, Active Screening has consistently returned accurate reports, usually with less than 48 hours turnaround. If there are any problems or inconsistencies with the reports, their staff has called to notify us so that we can attempt to rectify the situation. The staff at Active Screening is always courteous and congenial over the phone. In our opinion, Active Screening is outstanding.”

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Active ScreeningCassie J. Staffing Industry

"The Active Screening team is very informative; they provided a complete consultation on all the services, so I understood what I needed, and saved me hours and hours of my time learning the various services. Their reputation, as being on the cutting edge of employment screening best practices, certainly held true in this instance. The expertise they brought to the table was invaluable to our understanding of our applicants backgrounds. I highly recommend Active Screening to anyone with the task of screening large numbers of applicants and needing reliable customer support."

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With over 20 years of law enforcement experience I can attest to the fact that the strongest predictor of future criminal behavior is a person’s criminal history. As the manager of campus safety at my church, I depend on Active Screening to provide a thorough assessment of every criminal history background check we request. For more than 3 years, Active Screening has been faithful to this task with timely, accurate and reliable service.

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We have benefited from knowing that we are not exposing the communities we work with or ourselves to unnecessary risk. We continue to have a perfect record in that we have never had a serious incident with a trip participant causing harm or acting inappropriately with any community member or fellow team member- thank goodness!

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I would highly recommend any association or organization who conducts background checks to use Active Screening. In addition to my involvement with WAHA, I am an officer in a corporation with over 500 employees who provide treatment, mental health, and correctional services for children and adolescents. Our company is mandated by law to do comprehensive background searches and I can say with the utmost sincerity that Active Screening product rivals that of any government or other private sector process.

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We have used Active Screening and their solution VERITY to screen all our coaches and volunteers working with youth. The online system gives us an easy and cost-effective solution to collecting forms and payments from our applicants...and we simply login to view the results of who passed or failed. It's so easy....thank you Active Screening.