A Few Things You Should Know About Background Checks for New Hires

When you are going through the process of hiring someone to work for your company, it is imperative that you know exactly who you are hiring. This is especially true if the employee will be in a position of responsibility. This may mean financial responsibility, but it may also include company secrets. It’s also important to know that the person you hire has the educational background they claim they have. The following are a few things you should know about background checks.


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It’s not worth attempting it yourself

Doing a search online is next to useless, but there are sites that will, for a price, do a background check for you. These sites only doing a limited search of public records. They may look for criminal records, for example, but they will only be looking in a few states. Even if they are able to do a robust search of criminal records throughout the entire nation, the search will be meaningless if the person of interest has changed their name. This name change may not be a legal change, but is one that represents an alias, or in some cases, it may be identity theft.

References cannot be depended upon

It is too easy to get people to vouch for you, but what many employers are often unaware of is that it it not difficult to provide fake references for employment history or education. Companies that are no longer in business are easy to list on a resume, but educational institutions that exist outside of the country can be difficult to verify. In fact, a man or woman whose background has been mostly outside of the country can be difficult to verify. For this reason alone, you need to use a professional international background check services firm.

It is simply too important to cut corners on a background check for key employee hires. The liability associated with hiring the wrong person can be quite high, and can affect the future of your company’s profits and in some cases, even its reputation. You should spend the extra money, so you are hiring the person you think you are hiring.

Notary Renewal Process in Florida

If you have been serving the state of Florida with notary services, then you know that getting an annual renewal is a part of the process to keep your notary services valid. If you are getting ready to get your renewal, here are the steps you will need to take.

Complete an Application with Bond Package

The first step you will need to take is to apply for your renewal with the state of Florida. This is a simple application process with an order for your surety bond package. Once you application it completed, it will then be reviewed by the state’s governing body for notaries, and approved or denied. Often these applications are only denied when you have not completed the required education course. For renewals that have lapsed for less than a year, no education course is required. If you let it lapse longer than that, you must take the education course again.

Receive Your Stamp

Upon approval of your Florida notary renewal application, you will receive your stamp in the mail. This is one of the most important parts of serving as a notary, so you need to make sure that it is correct and will work for all of your clients.

Start Performing Notarial Duties

Once the application is approved and you have received your stamp in the mail, you can begin performing your notarial duties once again. After your year is up, you will be able to start this process over again and get another renewal for your notary services. Whether you are working in Florida or another state, the steps are similar to getting your renewal. However, if you move to a different state after having one notary, you may need to start the initial process over to receive the notary stamp in a new state.