Job Market Trends Underscore Reasons for Employment Screening

Indeed.com is a website that gives job seekers free access – instantly, in a single search – to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. With this data, Indeed also reports on job trends in job postings per capita, job market competition, and industry employment trends.

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Indeed reports job postings per capita for the 50 most populous metro areas. According to second quarter 2010 data San Jose, CA and Washington, DC rank at the top with 132 and 129 job postings per 1,000 people. Meanwhile, New Orleans, LA and Miami, FL rank at the bottom, each with per capita job postings of 20. If you’re an employer located in cities at the top, bottom, or even somewhere in between has implications for the reason you need employment screening and background checks.

When jobs are scarce employment screening has an impact.

When jobs are scarce, as in New Orleans and Miami, you may find yourself with a slew of resumes for a given job opening. In these cases, heavy competition among job hunters may drive applicants to stretch the truth (or outright lie) in order to land a job. On a positive note, employers have access to a wide pool of talent when jobs are scarce and are therefore afforded the opportunity to “screen in” the best possible candidates.

Employers that use employment background checks in cities with lower per-capital job postings can realize some important benefits:

  1. Build up a workforce with the best available talent by using employment screening to thoroughly check the background of your applicants.
  2. Avoid being duped by an applicant’s false claims by verifying the qualifications and statements of your applicants.

Even when jobs are plentiful employment screening matters.

Meanwhile, in areas like San Jose and Washington, DC where jobs are more plentiful employers are likely to face greater competition for a much tighter field of available workers. Some would argue that applicants in this setting require even greater scrutiny since many of the most qualified workers will already be employed. As such, a thorough background check of your candidates is in order to ensure you select a candidate with the necessary qualifications.
Employers that use employment background checks in cities with higher per-capital job postings (where it’s easier for applicants to find jobs) can realize some important benefits:

  • Ensure (at least) the minimal qualifications are met by verifying the qualifications of your applicants.
  • Select the best possible candidate among a small group of finalists by performing a more-than-usual background check. (For an example, check out our Tru-View reference checks.)

Either way, employment screening offers many benefits:

In either case, the benefits described above are added to the usual benefits of employment screening and background checks, which include:

  • Increase the quality of your applicants by encouraging applicants to be truthful about their past.
  • Enhance workplace safety by assessing an individual’s risk based on prior records or behaviors.
  • Increase productivity by verifying the qualifications of your workers.
  • Reduce turnover by hiring the right person, the first time.
  • Encourage a drug-free workplace by screening for substance use.
  • Make informed hiring decisions by knowing more about the people who will join your workforce.

Whether you’re an employer in Washington, DC or Miami, FL the right employment screening strategy can give you an edge in building a safer, more qualified workforce. Learn more by requesting a meeting with one of our consultants. Or get started by opening a background screening account.

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About Michael Gaul

A security industry professional since 1988, Michael has extensive expertise in the fields of human capital risk management, physical security, and background screening process management. Michael leads Proforma’s sales, marketing, and strategic customer relations efforts.


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