Who is calling my references? - page 2

Hello. I began applying for jobs a week before I had my baby. My baby is a month old now and yesterday I had my first interview with a local hospital. This morning I had a phone interview with an insurance company. Within the... Read More

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    Quote from onaclearday
    Yep, pretty sure it's the larger insurer. I was notified that this was outsourced.

    That, is not good for the interviewee, because everybody must be timely in their responses. And, we know that some smaller prior employers may not be. Every time you fill out an online application, you will not know if they decide to check you out before or after you interview. Some places now check you out before you interview!!! YES, it's true. And that really sucks because you cannot notify people each and every time you apply somewhere, and it must be terribly irritating for a former manager to receive so many calls surrounding even just one prior employee. I've tried to save my employers and references this burden by having letters to hand out at an interview. But, regardless, that outside agency will be hired to do the work, and they just never met you so they don't even care.

    This, is a big sign that you must list ALL employment. Outside agencies will have the resources to find out if you have misrepresented yourself in any way. And, if a previous employer fails to respond in a timely manner, I don't know what they do.
    Oh my! Thanks for the information. Good to know in the future. I listed all of my nursing jobs on my application. If it was non-nursing I did not include it.

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    I got a call from my bank one day, asking if I'd authorized charges for 2 tickets to Abu Dhabi.... I had blocked international charges on my debit card, so they caught it... but I had to go through the identity theft crap. I have no idea how my info was obtained, unless it was a random card screening, and my numbers clicked as valid. My card was never charged (thanks to the bank). Never found out who it was....these crooks are clever. There's a PayPal fake that sends e-mails to update accounts- those are always fake per the real PayPal, who never solicits information.

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    Quote from xtxrn
    I got a call from my bank one day, asking if I'd authorized charges for 2 tickets to Abu Dhabi.... I had blocked international charges on my debit card, so they caught it... but I had to go through the identity theft crap. I have no idea how my info was obtained, unless it was a random card screening, and my numbers clicked as valid. My card was never charged (thanks to the bank). Never found out who it was....these crooks are clever. There's a PayPal fake that sends e-mails to update accounts- those are always fake per the real PayPal, who never solicits information.

    You know with your information floating around in "technology world" there is no way to tell who can get a hold of your information. This world wide web is great but ultimately it can be damaging, especially when it comes to identity. You can see a persons home on Google maps, even find someone past addresses and current addresses. I was once looking for my deceased mom news article from her 1989 car accident on the web, and guess what I found? HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!!!! It had her full name, birthdate, our old address, and yes her SSN! CRAZY!!!
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    Quote from Mrs. SnowStormRN
    Okay, I feel so behind in the times. It still seems odd that a company would pay another company to do this. Thank you for this information, I did not know that this was a common practice.

    It's called outsourcing.......It's cheaper to outsource a company overseas with extremely low overhead and next to slave labor.....than hire more manpower in the HR office at a US salary and benefits. The new work force today.....
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    Quote from Mrs. SnowStormRN
    You know with your information floating around in "technology world" there is no way to tell who can get a hold of your information. This world wide web is great but ultimately it can be damaging, especially when it comes to identity. You can see a persons home on Google maps, even find someone past addresses and current addresses. I was once looking for my deceased mom news article from her 1989 car accident on the web, and guess what I found? HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!!!! It had her full name, birthdate, our old address, and yes her SSN! CRAZY!!!

    Yeah- for 10-40 bucks (depending on how much info you want) you can buy anybody's background info....
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    I always put "references available upon request and in the spaces if it won't let me go on I placed Nonono Nononono, 123 NoNoNo, No,000000... If you want to call my references.....you can ask me first.......... in person.
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    There are US-based companies that do this kind of service, too. I worked for one a few years ago. We actually verified the "whole package". Verified education/degrees, called personal references, called former employers to verify dates of service/position held, performed background checks, etc.
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    It's not always companies that are hired to do phone jobs.....the NC travel bureau uses prisoners who are still incarcerated... some catalogs do the same thing

    http://lpa.igc.org/lpv24/lp3.htm

    http://articles.latimes.com/1986-01-...ervation-agent

    http://www.digtriad.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=173212
    Last edit by xtxrn on Aug 4, '11
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    Have any of you ever thought of using that LifeLock thing? I think it's insurance against Identity theft. You're supposed to be insured for up to a million dollars. When I hear about things like this, it makes me want to do it.
    Thoughts?
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    Quote from my3mracles
    There are US-based companies that do this kind of service, too. I worked for one a few years ago. We actually verified the "whole package". Verified education/degrees, called personal references, called former employers to verify dates of service/position held, performed background checks, etc.
    Yeah. I was surprised to get a call from a private investigator when I applied to my current employer. She was following up on my degrees. E-mailed her a copy of the diploma and transcript and no further problem.


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