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Something Troubling In Your Background?

It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found.

It’s not quite so simple anymore.

Now, you have to make your resume stand out to a computer that’ll eliminate you from the applicant pool if you’re missing specific important descriptions.

And your background better be spotless, or close to it. If not, the place you’re hoping to score a job will know about it. More and more companies are hiring outside firms to do deep searches into applicants references, credentials and criminal records.

Plus, if you’re looking for a new way to spend the hours between 9 and 5, you might want to keep that away from the boss.

Monday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Kansas City Star columnist Diane Stafford and Jeff Shane, executive vice president at Allison & Taylor about how to keep your job hunt quiet, how you can make your resume stand out to a non-human, and why up to 70% of negative marks in your computerized background search may actually be due to fat fingers.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.