I have just experienced some serious concerns over my previous employers choice in handling my employment records. Although this is a consumer website I believe that potential employers for future employees may be misinformed and mislead into being subject to charges to verify anyones employment when hiring.
I was employed with a large company and have been job searching for the last 5 months. I am more than qualified for these jobs and have an excellent work history. Well somewhere between my interview and the reference check I am losing out. It had come to my attention that the company that handles our employment information has offered this service by signing up for a key. this is free. however the key will only work if the potential employer is willing to pay for this service. But what bothers me the most is they dont disclose this when i sign up for it nor do they disclose it on the form I submit to the potential employer. And to make matters worse this key expires in 4 days.
So how many jobs have I lost out on because my previous employer chose to use this service to handle employment inquiries. And more importantly how many more of my applications be trashed because they wont bother verifying because they have to pay for something that has traditionally been given upon request without a fee.
I am angry and I have learned that a potential job/employer decided that failure to disclose this fee not only wasted their time but the companys time and I was looked at as being deceptive.
I had no idea this was a fee based service. This has shed a negative light on my reputation. I want to make it known that should your company utilize this service from this company then you are subject to the same issues I have experienced.
I definitely feel I have been wronged and so were my possible future employers. If there is a reason as to why an employer would pick mine over another applicant that has the traditional verification process then I am certain I would be excused. How many more months will go by before I can land a job hoping the company is willing to pay this fee after being decieved and then will they only get verification of employment and salary information.
I have some seriously legitimate concerns for my future! Beware of this "out source" from your employers. The employers list is growing for this service daily with huge corporations using it. The future of landing a job is hanging in the balance for me. I could end up homeless over this and its not justified!
Harbor City, California