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More Job Applicants per Opening Means Reference Checks, Drug Testing, Credit Checks and More

With the US Economy finally turning around, more and more out of work job seekers are applying for work again. That means there are now more applicants per available position—according to an MSNBC report, an average of six applicants per opening.


Because of the huge disparity in the ratio of jobs to workers in 2013, employers have the ability to place more pressure on potential employees to have cleaner records, have character references, and be able to pass a drug test, in addition to other criteria that they can legally put in place.
In addition to having to pass a drug test for work, some employers may also do credit checks on those applying for work. “I don’t see how it’s fair—I mean we’ve been in a recession and most of the people I know lost their house after they lost their job, so how are we supposed to have good credit?” says Martina Sheridan of Virginia Beach, adding, “It’s like, we have to have jobs to pay our bills, but they won’t give us a job because we couldn’t pay our bills? It’s not right.”
While it is completely lawful in most circumstances for employers to run a credit check, they cannot do so without first obtaining the consent of the person applying for work, even if they have obtained that person’s social security number on an application or resume.
While personal references are not a huge problem for most, coming up with enough of them that are not related or who are not social friends rather than colleagues can be difficult. “One thing I always tell people who seem to have a hard time with this is to head to their high school or college and ask for references from teachers or school counselors. It can be a promising option for younger workers out there,” says Jack Cassia, a small business owner in Sacramento, CA.
For those needing assistance with the drug test aspect of their job search, has same day and permanent detox options to help cleanse the body so job applicants can successfully pass a drug test naturally. The drug test kits come with at-home drug tests so job seekers can be sure they’ll pass before they go in to be tested by a laboratory.


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