It cost me $59.25 just to apply for a job? - page 2

by Blackcat99

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Yikes!!!!:eek: I went to a home care private duty office and they gave me a list to complete. $16 for sheriff fingerprinting fees, $19.25 for FBI check and $16 for a FDLE background investigation. I have not had a "job interview"... Read More


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    Wow, I definitely would not spend all that money without an interview first. I always interview applicants first to determine whether I even want to hire them. If I don't, I don't even discuss what documentation is required but just let them know we will check their references and see if we have any positions available for the times they want to work. Later, I can call or send a 'rejection' letter. I always ask if their background check will come back clean during the interview. Most are upfront with me if they know something from their past will show up. If they do tell me what will show up on their background check, I will tell them on the spot whether I can hire them or not. If they have any theft charges in the last 10 yrs, I can't hire them. I do offer the position if the interview goes well but with the stipulation that they do have a clean background check. If they lie, and something does show up, I usually won't hire them since I value truthfulness in my employees.

    The county check is only 5.00 but if they have not lived in the state for 3 yrs, they have to be fingerprinted which costs about 45.00. If they are fingerprinted they don't need the county check. We offer an incentive bonus of 150.00 after they have worked 250 hrs for us to cover their start up costs (physical, background checks, and orientation, which we don't pay them for) We also provide CPR certification and TB testing at no cost to them.

    Kyasi
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    Yes, this whole experience has been crazy. I called them on the phone and they told me to come in and to bring my resume with me. I got all dressed up in my "interview outfit" and went to their office. I had thought I was coming in for an interview. When I arrived the receptionist just gave me a big list of things to complete and said get all of this stuff done and then bring it all back to our office. It seemed like all they cared about was that all the paperwork be completed and then I could start working for them. That was my impression anyway. I sure hope they are going to have some work available for me after all of this expense. I am fairly new to both Florida and home care private duty agencies. I figured "I guess that's just the way they do things here in Florida."
    When I lived in different states, I was always asked to do a urine drug screen prior to hire but no one in Florida has ever asked me to do a urine drug screen.
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    Very strange. I'd sure want some assurance that there was work available for the hours you are available. The problem with getting all the background checks and then getting copies of them if you move on is that every agency has a different policy about how old they can be. They have to be done 3 weeks from the hire date at my agency. So if someone brings them in from a few months back, I can't use them.

    Good luck to you!
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    In my city, the police do fingerprinting for $5. As I recall, I had the documentation provided as well. I think they can be printed online. I had to print them on cardstock paper. Is that correct?
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    Thanks all. I will let you know what happens when I finally turn in all of the required paperwork. When I did call them I asked if they had Friday night shift jobs available and they said "Yes". Of course, by the time I finally get all of the required paperwork done I wonder if they will still have night shift available. I guess I better hurry up and get all of the paperwork done ASAP. I am sorry to hear that if they don't have work available that I can't use this $59.25 background check for my next job.
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    The fingerprinting itself is not expensive, it is sending it to the state for analysis that is costly.

    Blackcat, what I said about time limits may not be true elsewhere, I was just saying what our agency policy is. You may not find that to be true where you are.
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    Update-I am doing my CPR class tomorrow and my TB test next week and will have all the paperwork done for the $59.25 job requirement. I went to another agency today and they told me that it would cost me $53.75 to get the backround check done. I told them that I had recently done a background investigation and she told me she could find the results online without me having to do another background check. Thank God for that. At this new agency they said I would have to go and get a physical and TB test as physicals and TB tests must be done within 6 months before hire. On this new agency's paperwork it said that a background check is a work requirement and that it does not guarantee that one will be hired. Good luck job seekers.
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    We do not charge for TB or CPR at my agency. I just hired a HHA who went through all the hiring requirements (it actually only cost her 5.00 for her county background check) If they have lived in the same county for 3 yrs they don't have to be fingerprinted. We gave her the state HHA exam, competency checked her and registered her as a HHA with the State, gave her CPR training, did her TB test... she called off her first day and then was a No Call/No Show for the next 3 days and won't answer her phone. So the frustration is on both sides of the fence!

    Kyasi
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    Quote from Kyasi
    We do not charge for TB or CPR at my agency. I just hired a HHA who went through all the hiring requirements (it actually only cost her 5.00 for her county background check) If they have lived in the same county for 3 yrs they don't have to be fingerprinted. We gave her the state HHA exam, competency checked her and registered her as a HHA with the State, gave her CPR training, did her TB test... she called off her first day and then was a No Call/No Show for the next 3 days and won't answer her phone. So the frustration is on both sides of the fence!

    Kyasi
    Sounds like someone hasn't figured out that they have to work for a living.
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    Quote from Kyasi
    We do not charge for TB or CPR at my agency. I just hired a HHA who went through all the hiring requirements (it actually only cost her 5.00 for her county background check) If they have lived in the same county for 3 yrs they don't have to be fingerprinted. We gave her the state HHA exam, competency checked her and registered her as a HHA with the State, gave her CPR training, did her TB test... she called off her first day and then was a No Call/No Show for the next 3 days and won't answer her phone. So the frustration is on both sides of the fence!

    Kyasi
    I can't imagine doing something like that to someone else.
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