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Old 06-18-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Hello -- I've recently registered at several well known staffing agencies, and for anyone who has ever done this, it's pretty shocking the amount of personal information they ask for. How certain can we be that this information is kept private (and not sold). At one agency, I must have signed about 30 pages of disclaimers, authorizations, admissions, statements, and on and on and on. I thought it would never end. I saw one term that I did not recognize (that they were asking me to authrorize them to get) so I made a note of it and when I got home looked it up. I forget the name of the term, but, basically, they were asking for authorization to get my social security records so they could see how much I earned each year (and whether it matched up with what I claimed my salary was, I assume). I later read on the SS website that they do not release that information as they consider it to invasive, so some such thing. At any rate, after giving them ALL this information, of course I heard from no one about jobs. It's just very frustrating. They take ALL this personal information and never call. There are days when I wonder if they are in the info gathering business and not the employment/staffing business. I'm assuming it would be illegal to sell or market my info, but I do not know. I did sign a few papers that checkmarked the box that said I wanted a copy of any reports and of course I have not received any copies of anything. If anyone is knowedgeable about this I would like to hear from him/her. Or from anyone who has worked in these agencies and knows what really happens with candidates' personal info. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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That is pretty standard I think with any application, you may put down what your former salary was, but they check in case you are bulking it up and didn't make that wage. Though most of the time in my experience jobs don't bother checking.
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