O.k., I've looked around the forums and I see nothing -not even a hint of a topic like the one I'm posting.
I almost posted this in the forum under 'disabilities' but then I changed my mind and almost chose 'recovering'. In the end, it really didn't matter -what I'm about to post is a misfit no matter which forum I choose.
Recently, after working part-time for a doctor (and friend of 8 years) I decided to go back to work full time in nursing.
My doc could only offer the part-time I was already getting, so I launched a job hunt.
Now, I'm nearly 54, still kicking and not quite over-the-hill and (this is crazy) but I genuinely love working! I, actually, look forward to it.
I put in a months notice and, after updating my resume and a decent cover letter, I posted it online to several open nursing positions and waited.
And waited. And waited.
I was getting nothing but 'spammy' sales calls back. I checked the messages at home and on my cell.
About two weeks into my job hunt I get one authentic return call back from a moderately-sized locally-owned physician's group practice.
The human resources rep interviews me once for about 5 minutes by phone, then again a week later for another five minutes, promising that, whether I got the job or not she'd either call me or e-mail to let me know one way or the other.
Two weeks later, as I served out my notice on my present job, I had still not heard from her -nor anyone else.
Now, you -the reader- is wondering what (for heaven's sake) I did wrong!
You're a bloodhound.
Of course, I did something wrong.
Here's my mistake: more than 25 years ago I broke the law and wound up with not one -but two- misdemeanors.
Yep. Apparently, I will suffer for them the rest of my life.
So, why didn't these misdemeanors ever hurt my ability to work before?
Answer: because they happened during the prehistoric era before computers became involved with sensitive personal information at a g-zillion times the speed of light and before Human Resources personnel made hiring decisions based on how far they could go in digging up all the dusty skeletons and smelly garbage they could find from the farthest corners of your darkest closet.
You see, hospitals, and home health agencies, and medical business entities of every type are increasing their standard reach of seven years into your background to as far as your record goes back.
And they are -in their opinion- doing it for the safety of everyone (in the end, themselves).
Meanwhile, people like me, who have something embarrassing in their background that they dealt with and put behind them so many years ago are seeing it dredged up again in these extensive background checks.
For me, it's very alarming because I know, matter of factly, that our small town has never been able to keep anyone's secrets for long, despite HIPPA law.
In the last 25 years I've married, raised a family I'm proud of and worked so hard at creating a decent and honorable life.
Now, I can't get work, and my ancient mistakes are back again to haunt me and harm me.
My life is falling apart because of this. I just wonder how many others are scarred by backgrounds that aren't perfect.