Can Background Checks See Employment History?

Can Background Checks See Employment History?

For organizations in the process of selecting a new background screening provider, it’s essential to partner with a company that delivers services that are not only thorough and timely but also cost-effective and compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and relevant local and state laws. A common inquiry we receive is: “Can background checks see employment history?” The straightforward answer is yes, contingent upon the specifics of what a client orders.

Employment History Verification as Part of Background Screening

Employment history verification is a critical element of a comprehensive background check, enabling employers to confirm the accuracy of a candidate’s work history. This service can be customized and included in your background screening package, depending on your organization’s specific requirements.

How Employment History Checks Are Conducted

At EDIFY Background Screening, employment history checks are executed with precision. We directly contact the applicant’s past and present employers to verify employment details. When employers have designated third-party services for their verification processes, we coordinate with these entities to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information obtained. This direct approach facilitates informed hiring decisions by providing a clear picture of a candidate’s professional background.

Scope of Employment History Verification

The extent of employment history verification can vary based on client needs. Typically, our checks can include verification of job titles, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving, offering a detailed view of a candidate’s employment track record. The number of current and prior jobs shown during an employment history check depends on the client’s request and the availability of records.

The Background Check Process

The background check process encompasses several key steps:

  1. Consent and Disclosure: The process begins with obtaining the candidate’s consent, in compliance with FCRA guidelines, to ensure the legality of the background check.
  2. Collection of Information: We collect comprehensive information from the candidate, covering necessary areas for the background check.
  3. Verification: This step involves verifying the candidate’s information against public and private records, including employment history, educational background, criminal records, and more.
  4. Analysis and Reporting: After verification, the information is analyzed, and a detailed report is compiled, highlighting any discrepancies or areas of concern.

Utilizing Public and Private Records

Both public and private records are instrumental in conducting background checks. Public records, such as criminal records, provide insights into a candidate’s potential legal issues, while private records, obtained through direct communication with previous employers or educational institutions, offer detailed insights into the candidate’s employment and educational history.


To reiterate, background checks can indeed see employment history, depending on the specifications of what is ordered by the client. This capability forms a crucial component of the comprehensive, fast, affordable, and legally compliant background screening services offered by EDIFY Background Screening.

For those seeking a qualified consumer reporting agency, look no further than EDIFY Background Screening. With our extensive experience, cutting-edge technology, and commitment to efficiency and affordability, we are well-equipped to conduct thorough background investigations that meet your organization’s needs.

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