Who Is Watching Your Kids
Hiring a babysitter to come into your home is an act of trust. Instead of being vulnerable, be smart and run a background check on your potential childcare provider.
You can’t always be home when your kids are. You need a safe, reliable babysitter to come into your house and care for the most precious people in your life. You can interview seemingly great candidates and speak to references that give glowing reports of past service. How do you know, though, that person you’re interviewing is really that person on the resume? Consider running a background check before hiring a new babysitter.
Anyone can look good on paper. Resumes can be a work of fiction instead of a summary of real work experience. References can also be skewed. Do you know with certainty that the person on the other end of the phone is an ecstatic former client and not just a relative coached to give a glowing reference? By running a background check, you will get a true picture of the candidate’s past. You will be able to tell if the work history is embellished or if it’s real.
Not only can work history be fabricated, so can entire identities. Is the candidate really who he or she says? Legal papers can be forged and Social Security numbers stolen. A background check will let you know if this person is genuine.
A candidate may have a legal problem in the past. Fearful of not getting the job, he or she may leave it out. A background check will flag such issues. Past problems may not keep you from hiring such a candidate, but will let you have open discussions about them. If the allegations are serious enough, you will be relieved to know that the background check kept a convict out of your home and away from your children.
Make background checks a standard part of your hiring process. Let all candidates know up front that you will be running them. You may be surprised to find that some will withdraw their applications. Background checks can help you weed out candidates even if they aren’t completed.
If you or your spouse is in a prominent position of authority in the community or at work, it is important to always keep a professional image. Background check information helps you avoid the potential legal issues of problematic work status and more. Your family does not need the notoriety that could come from hiring the wrong babysitter. Running a background check before hiring a caregiver shows that you are responsibly performing your due diligence.
Before hiring a babysitter, run background checks to make sure you are fully informed about the candidates you are considering. Visit this website for information on FBI background checks in Poway.
A security expert who advises people on safety and security. You can find his thoughts at security talks blog.
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