“I went to the bookstore and asked the saleswoman ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
Don’t you hate smart alecks?
Well, I have helped several drivers recently and the similar situation they were in has prompted me to advise this self-help for you: if you are looking for a job, anticipate being in the job market soon or are just being proactive as you watch the events around you, obtain and address and/or correct any errors in all your information, and do it at the same time.
That means you can get your employment history (both on and off your DAC Report), driving record, criminal record scan and now, your CSA 2010 PSP report. Two recent drivers I have helped illustrate why.
One recent driver had been putting in applications and hearing nothing in reply. He obtained his “DAC Report” and all the employment history it contained, was mostly satisfactory, but he got one minor discrepancy corrected.
The DAC report did not have all his employment history and it did not have his driving record (MVR), so he obtained his driving record from the DMV.
Sure enough, he had forgotten one minor moving violation from out of state in late 2007. So he began the application process again, this time listing the moving violation in case that was the problem. He still received no response. Finally, we uncovered a past employer that was not on the DAC report that was providing an incorrect date of employment, which had made it look like he was falsifying the employment application.
He did get a job, but the process was frustrating. Time was lost and many of the companies for which he applied were ones for whom he wanted to work. But he could not put in another application so quickly after being turned down.
Another driver recently obtained his DAC Report, MVR and other employment history and it looked fine. He applied for a local company but was turned down. In that case the employer had ordered and received a criminal record (again it was not on the DAC Report) and the criminal record reported was on a person with the same name and date of birth, but was not his.
And now, another totally new report is available to employers: the “Pre-Employment Screening Report” (PSP). This information consists of records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Information System (MCMIS). It contains the most recent five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data from the FMCSA MCMIS system. Many employers will be using this information and it would be wise to see what yours says — and correct any errors before they bite you.
In fact, the point of all this is to try and obtain all your information before you apply instead of having to piecemeal it after the fact. If you register or are already registered with DOTJobHistory (dotjobhistory.com), we can obtain this information on your behalf, help you correct errors and facilitate providing this information to employers for whom you choose. But even if you want to obtain all the information on yourself, we would recommend you gather, correct and organize the information all at once rather than approaching the process piecemeal.
Derek Hinton has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of employment screening, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and motor carrier safety regulations. He began his career at DAC Services in 1984 and is the author of “The Criminal Records Manual,” a book that details criminal records in the hiring process. Contact information for Hinton can be found at www.dotjobhistory.com.
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