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Technology and the New World of Work (An Infographic)

As a staffing agency, you need to have a steady supply of high-quality candidates to support your client’s ever-growing demands. Fortunately, there are more technologies than ever out there, which can help you automate your processes, speed up parts of your hiring process, and differentiate your services.

In this infographic, we share the benefits of using integrated technology, from applicant tracking systems to reference and background checks, to convert candidates in the new world of work.

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5 Frequently Asked Background Check Questions (And Their Answers)


The world of background checks is a complicated one to say the least. Between managing the different types of searches and complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there’s a lot to remember and keep track of. To help you stay up to date, we’ve compiled 5 of the most common questions about background checks we hear from our customers:

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5 Ways Staffing Agencies Can Improve Candidate Experience


Job candidates are the lifeblood of any staffing agency. However, due to rapid advances in technology, the way candidates approach the hiring process has changed. Long gone are the days when paper applications, multiple in-person interviews and lengthy staffing processes were considered the norm. Today’s candidates have come to expect a more seamless experience, comprised of simple applications, immediate feedback and a fast onboarding process. As a result, it’s become imperative for staffing agencies to not only provide this experience but also continue to adapt and evolve with their candidates.

As you start to think about your own hiring and onboarding processes, here are five simple but powerful ways you can transform how you engage and hire candidates.

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New eBook: The Beginner’s Guide to Background Checks


Background checks play an important role in the hiring process. Even minor mistakes, like ordering the wrong package or reviewing reports inconsistently, can have serious consequences and lead to unhappy candidates, missed talent opportunities, and increased legal risk. 

Whether you’re just getting started with background checks or need a quick refresher, our new eBook, The Beginner’s Guide to Background Checks, should help you get a good understanding of the basics and the laws that govern the industry.

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3 Holiday Hiring Roadblocks to Avoid

‘Tis the season for holiday hiring!

Businesses across the country are in the midst of hiring seasonal workers to meet their needs. However, when it comes to hitting their goals, a lot of different factors can slow down the hiring process and lead to unhappy candidates and missed opportunities.

We’ve identified three of the most common ones companies can run into (along with ways to avoid them).

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Diversity recruiting the hard way

By Arthur Yamamoto, Director of Talent Acquisition

Research has shown that the most innovative companies employ diverse workforces. And yet Silicon Valley — widely known as the center of the tech innovation universe — has long been criticized for a lack of diversity. While Checkr’s workforce wasn’t as homogenous as many other companies in tech, we took a hard look in the mirror and realized we could do better.

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Welcoming Sangeeta Chakraborty and Scott Davis to the Checkr Team

We’re excited to welcome two new members to our executive team, Sangeeta Chakraborty as our VP of Customer Success and Scott Davis as our VP of Sales! Sangeeta and Scott both bring over 20+ years of experience in their field, across a wide range of industries and company sizes.

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3 highlights from the Collaboration in the Gig Economy

 

A few weeks ago, the Checkr team made the trip down to Dallas, Texas to attend the 2018 Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference—an annual gathering of gig economy companies, staffing suppliers, and workforce buyers.

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Announcing the Checkr Learning Center

This article was written by Adam Avramescu, Head of Customer Education and Training at Checkr.

When it comes to attracting and onboarding your workforce, background checks play a crucial role. Even minor mistakes, like ordering the wrong package or reviewing reports inconsistently, can have serious consequences and lead to unhappy candidates, missed talent opportunities, and increased legal risk.

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3 Takeaways from the World Economic Forum

This article was written by Irene Liu, General Counsel at Checkr.

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions — the foremost global summit on innovation, science, and technology. The meeting, which was held in Tianjin, China, brought together a mix of innovative startups and global leaders to discuss a wide range of topics, including the future of work, trade, and AI.

Below, I’ve outlined a few key themes that resonated with me throughout the forum.

1. The startup scene is more vibrant than ever.
Not only are more startups popping up across the world, but there are also more resources and opportunities for them to connect and grow. Recently, the World Economic Forum launched UpLink, an innovation accelerator to help startups interact and partner with global startup peers, governments, universities, and investors to deliver global impact. It was incredible to meet these global startups and take part in important conversations about accelerating innovation and working together with the WEF community to build a strong Uplink program. Checkr looks forward to being part of Uplink and engaging with the global community of startups.

2. Humans still matter in an AI-driven world.
Artificial Intelligence proved to one of the hottest topics, with a number of sessions dedicated to the technology. Specifically, there was a large discussion around AI and its potential to magnify human biases.

At Checkr, we deal with this issue on a daily basis and work hard to reduce human bias throughout our product. While our background check technology is driven by AI and machine learning, we still incorporate humans throughout the process, and ultimately, leave the hiring decisions up to employers themselves to remove potential for human bias in the hiring process.

3. In the new economy, upskilling and reskilling are key.
At this year’s meeting, the World Economic Forum released the latest edition of its Future of Jobs Report, which predicted that by 2022, machines and algorithms will create 133 million new roles, while displacing 75 million jobs. As a result, it’s become more important than ever to upskill and reskill workers and give them the tools they need to take on these new roles. Furthermore, given the fact that unemployment is low, it’s crucial that we tap into a new pool of qualified candidates, including the 70 million Americans who have a criminal history, and build programs to provide them with the skills they need to thrive in the new economy.

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