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Need an answer from someone w/ H/R knowledge

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    Jamietk
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    I am looking for some information that an H/R person might know. What all is included in a background check that a potential employer would do? I ask specifically because I had a job for 2-3 weeks once. Just knew immediately it was not for me. I've omitted it on past resumes/applications, but it was only 4 months after leaving that of only 2-3 weeks (barely got through training). There was never an issue or a question with the current job I am in that I started 4 months after leaving that other job. I may apply for an internal position.

    I am looking for some information that an H/R person might know. What all is included in a background check that a potential employer would do? I ask specifically because I had a job for 2-3 weeks once. Just knew immediately it was not for me. I've omitted it on past resumes/applications, but it was only 4 months after leaving that of only 2-3 weeks (barely got through training). There was never an issue or a question with the current job I am in that I started 4 months after leaving that other job. I may apply for an internal position. And the position I hold now may be eliminated. In any event, is there a general employer background check that this very short term job might show up on? Or do they only call each employer individually for employment verification? Most employers don't give references anymore, just employment dates, position held, etc. I'm just concerned about a general background check showing that employer of 2-3 weeks. So do any of you have H/R exeprience and know the answer to this with certainty? Thanks.

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      BillMFl
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      It all depends.  Some firms are relatively lax and only check your last employer, especially if you were there for a reasonably long time. It takes time and effort to do a deep background check (MONEY) so unless you are interviewing for a high level job most companies don't make more than a couple of calls. And if they are "stealing" you away from your current employer they won't call and jepordize your employment.  Any job requiring a government security clearance you had better reveal everything.  Most employment applications include a clause that states that lying about or leaving out relevant job history, etc. is considered just cause for termination.  But even then, if the lie or omission was minor and they really like you and your performance, they rarely enforce it.  Of course if you are the anon who is usually a snotty pain in the ass, you probably have a lot to hide!  :)

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      BillMFl
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      It all depends.  Some firms are relatively lax and only check your last employer, especially if you were there for a reasonably long time. It takes time and effort to do a deep background check (MONEY) so unless you are interviewing for a high level job most companies don't make more than a couple of calls. And if they are "stealing" you away from your current employer they won't call and jepordize your employment.  Any job requiring a government security clearance you had better reveal everything.  Most employment applications include a clause that states that lying about or leaving out relevant job history, etc. is considered just cause for termination.  But even then, if the lie or omission was minor and they really like you and your performance, they rarely enforce it.  Of course if you are the anon who is usually a snotty pain in the ass, you probably have a lot to hide!  :)

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