Have you ever wondered what happens to your employment information when you leave a company? What if the company went out of business or no one that you worked with there is currently employed with the company? Who is going to verify that you were employed there, or what your position was, or even how much your salary was?
Maybe it took you ten or more years to complete your Master’s degree at 3 different universities. In the midst of life you lost your paper degrees showing that you had received your Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, and the only physical degree you actually have to show your prospective employer, an IT firm, is your latest degree – a Master’s degree in Web Design and Development.
There is what seems to be an endless amount of questions people have about employment and education verification in situations such as those described above, but the answer is simple and widely used.
Third party verifiers such as The Work Number and the National Student Clearing House are databases that likely contain information about your employment history or education history.
The Work Number is a database used to verify employment, currently holding the employee history of over 50,000 organizations. Companies that utilize services such as The Work Number are able to outsource the employment verification process – saving valuable time and resources. The Work Number typically verifies dates of employment, position/title, and salary information. The amount of information contained in an employee’s record with The Work Number varies depending on how much information the employer has disclosed. The cost to verify information through The Work Number has increased by over 100% the past few years, and likely will continue to increase as this service is more and more in demand.
The National Student Clearing House is a similar database that contains education records. There is a fee for verifying information through this service, but records are generally returned instantly. The records contain information on the degree/certificate obtained by a student of a given institution; typically they include graduation date, dates of attendance, majors and minors, and the name that a graduate used during attendance. Founded in 1993, and containing student records from more than 3,600 public and private colleges and universities, the National Student Clearing House performs more than 700 million electronic verifications per year.
The cost incurred from use of these third party verifiers is often passed on from a background screening company to their client, and from the client (employer or landlord) to the applicant.