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Old 02-24-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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I'm going to be sending in my resume for a few positions at my local airport. I have omitted both my BS and MS degrees in hopes of not being dismissed as overqualified. Despite only requiring a high school diploma, these positions pay really well with great benefits and they apparently do thorough background checks. When they do this background check, will the degrees I omitted show up?
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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I think it depends on what kind of bkgd check they do? Am I correct in thinking this, I would think an airport job, they would be looking for criminal activities that would impact their security.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:28 PM
 
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The answer is, once again, 'it depends'. The term 'background check' can mean whatever the employer wants it to mean. Maybe they'll check academic records, maybe they won't. But you should be aware that there is a national clearinghouse that reports both degrees granted and enrollment. With just a couple of clicks and less than $20, an employer will be able to verify your academic history.

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Old 02-24-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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The answer is, once again, 'it depends'. The term 'background check' can mean whatever the employer wants it to mean. Maybe they'll check academic records, maybe they won't. But you should be aware that there is a national clearinghouse that reports both degrees granted and enrollment. With just a couple of clicks and less than $20, an employer will be able to verify your academic history.
Again, how would they know where to start? If I list that I only graduated from high school and thus meet the minimum requirement, why would they check if I have a college degree that isn't relevant to the job? Also, is this even possible without my permission? Aren't there agreements between post-secondary institutions and alumni to only verify they attended the school with only their permission?

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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I did, and anything that came up was with people asking whether degrees they put on their resume are verified, completely different to omitting education for a job.



Again, how would they know where to start? If I list that I only graduated from high school and thus meet the minimum requirement, why would they check if I have a college degree that isn't relevant to the job? Also, is this even possible without my permission? Aren't there agreements between post-secondary institutions and alumni to only verify they attended the school with only their permission?
Once again, it depends on what kind of background check they are doing. You didn't list any criminal history (I presume) but does that mean they won't check? Of course not. Same is true for education. Just because you didn't list any college education doesn't mean they won't check.

In addition to being able to check both degree conferment, employers can check enrollment (i.e., you took classes but didn't complete the program), utilization of typical student services such as the existence of any student health insurance provider accounts (the existence of the account, not your actual medical records), student loan dispersement, etc.

Obviously you were looking for the internet to verify what you assumed to be true but your assumptions were incorrect. That's still not a guarantee that you won't get caught, nor that any information they uncover will be used against you in a hiring decision. But you should know how easy it is to uncover academic records.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Back to the topic.

You left the degrees off your resume.

After you are offerred and accept the job, the paperwork for the background search usually starts.

You would get paperwork to fill out and sign in regard to the background check. You list eduction, degrees, dates, name and address of schools. You should be truthful here. The hiring manager typically will never see this form...it goes to either HR or possibly directly to a background search firm that they hire.

You also enter prior employment info on this form, including names and contact info for prior supervisors and/or HR contacts.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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I'm going to be sending in my resume for a few positions at my local airport. I have omitted both my BS and MS degrees in hopes of not being dismissed as overqualified. Despite only requiring a high school diploma, these positions pay really well with great benefits and they apparently do thorough background checks. When they do this background check, will the degrees I omitted show up?
OP. Why not pay for your own background check, then you'll know for sure what comes up. I know that the Border Patrol does a very, very through background check, including an extensive phone interview w/ relatives of the applicant. I overheard my boss being interviewed re his brother. I would assume the airlines would be as extensive. Depends I guess. I would always be honest. You could explain that you are trying to diversify your experience. And, if you've worked under your degree that will show up. I think I'd just be honest.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:16 AM
 
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OP,

There is this thing called the National Student Clearinghouse; it shows the colleges that a person has attended and the dates of attendance: National Student Clearinghouse

I believe (but am not entirely sure) that employers may use it to verify educational information.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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ypu can demand to be removed from the national clearinghouse database and can instruct any school that you attended not to reveal information about you.

FERPA.

it is highly unlikely you will be caught. if you cover your bases it is virtually impossible.

is your name common?

employers can google you but that's very dangerous and exposes them to litigation as people are confused and the info is often inaccurate.

At my university, this is the form that you submit:

Request to Withhold or Reverse Withholding of Directory Information | Columbia University Registrar
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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Even if it does, I doubt it would matter. They probably wouldn't do the background check until they knew they wanted to hire you. At that point, why would additional degrees change their mind?
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